Adrian leads Malaysian surge

New Straits Times - - Sport - Ajitpal Singh

FOR­MER Asian cham­pion Adrian Ang leads the H.H. Emir Cup as nine other na­tional bowlers are also on course to ad­vanc­ing to the next stage in their first tour­na­ment of the year in Doha.

The 29-year-old Adrian posted an eight-game to­tal of 1,988, av­er­ag­ing 248.50, to top the over­seas pool with four more qual­i­fy­ing squads re­main­ing in the tour­na­ment, where the men and women play un­der once cat­e­gory.

Women bowlers are, how­ever, given eight hand­i­cap pins for each game. The top 32 bowlers — eight each in the lo­cal and over­seas pools and the top 16 from the mixed sec­tion will make the next stage.

For­mer Malaysian Open win­ner Syai­datul Afi­fah Badrul Hamidi was 21 pins be­hind Adrian at sec­ond po­si­tion, fol­lowed by Zul­mazran Zulk­i­fli (third – 1,942) and Natasha Roslan (fifth – 1,915).

Those in con­tention for qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the mixed pool were Siti Safiyah Ami­rah Ab­dul Rahman (fourth – 1,884), Syafiq Rid­hwan Ab­dul Malek (sev­enth – 1,874), Ah­mad Muaz Fishol (eighth – 1,874), Shalin Zulk­i­fli (11th – 1,866), Sin Li Jane (12th – 1,844) and Timmy Tan (15th – 1,837).

“I am so far happy with the per­for­mances of the bowlers in their first event of the sea­son. They are still a work in progress ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games,” said team man­ager Ge­orge Tan from Doha yes­ter­day.

“De­spite be­ing their first out­ing of 2017, they did not show any signs of ner­vous­ness. Na­tional coach Hol­loway Cheah pre­pared them well for the chal­lenge.

“I am hop­ing that our bowlers will be on the podium on Sun­day.”

Syai­datul Afi­fah said she has two per­sonal rea­sons to do well in Doha.

“The first is to re­pay the Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute (NSI) for in­clud­ing me into the Podium Pro­gramme re­cently. As for the other, I want to make amends af­ter fail­ing to im­press in the Qatar Open last De­cem­ber,” said Syai­datul.

The qual­i­fy­ing round ends to­mor­row.

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