PETALING JAYA: Guangzhou Asian Games double gold medallist Alex Liew was crowned “King of the Fruits” as he dominated the field of 24 finalists in the Penang Durians Masters bowling championship at the Premium Lanes in Sunshine Square over the weekend.
Alex was awesome as he scorched the lanes with strings of strikes up to the 10th frame. But in the 11th frame, the seventh pin stood.
Alex finished the final step-ladder match on 288 against a 267 by Afizal Azizan to wrest the title and a cheque for RM8,000.
In the earlier step-ladder match, Afizal edged Zaid Izlan 235-211 in the battle of youngsters to get a shot at the title.
In Round 2, southpaw Alex made it to the step-ladder final as the top seed with a six-game total of 1,481.
Former national youth bowler Afizal, armed with a 48-pin handicap, had a perfect game in his total of 1,471 for second. And former back-up bowler Zaid made the cut with a total of 1,424.
Penang Tenpin Bowling Association secretary Cheah Ban Cheng said that in addition to the cash prize totalling RM25,500, the organisers also awarded Alex with a “ang hae” durian, which is reputed to be the most expensive of its kind.
“We also had a perfect game winner (Afizal) this time and he was rewarded with 300kg of durian, worth about RM10,000 and it was later shared out,” he said.
“The objective of the tournament was to foster and promote goodwill, friendship and sportmanship among the local and foreign bowling fraternity.
Round 2: 1. Alex Liew 1481, 2. Afizal Azizan 1471, 3. Zaid Izlan 1424, 4. Azidi Ameran 1415, 5. Kang Bo Long 1403, 6. Syafiq Ridhwan 1399, 7. Daniel Lim 1398, 8. Issac Russel Paul 1391, 9. Adrian Ang 1377, 10. Andrew Lee 1377.
First step-ladder: Afizal bt Zaid 235-211.
Final step-ladder: Alex bt Afizal 288-267.