Coach to get bowlers back on track

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COACH Hol­loway Cheah ex­pected to­tal dom­i­nance from his bowlers in the just-con­cluded Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Ban­dar Sun­way.

But most of them did not meet Hol­loway’s ex­pec­ta­tions. Some even failed to make the cut in the qual­i­fy­ing round for the men’s and women’s Mas­ters.

With only four months left be­fore the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, Hol­loway must find new meth­ods to train his bowlers.

The pres­sure is on the bowlers to de­liver as they are tar­geted to win six of 11 Sea Games gold medals on of­fer.

Adrian Ang was the only na­tional bowler to make the men’s steplad­der fi­nals. He even­tu­ally fin­ished third be­hind cham­pion and ex-in­ter­na­tional Kang Bo Long and for­mer na­tional youth mem­ber Johnathan Chan.

Natasha Roslan, how­ever, was the only na­tional bowler to meet the tar­get when she re­tained the women’s ti­tle.

Rafiq Is­mail, who has won count­less ti­tles, and for­mer Asian No 1 Alex Liew failed to progress be­yond the men’s qual­i­fiers while Zul­mazran with­drew from a back in­jury af­ter just two games in the Mas­ters.

Na­tional bowlers Vic­to­ria Chin and Radin Nur Na­jwa Ari­fah Radin Dzul­fakar both ex­ited from the women’s qual­i­fy­ing round.

Hol­loway is dis­ap­pointed with some bowlers but he is not press­ing the panic but­ton just yet.

“We still have time to im­prove but the per­for­mances of some were def­i­nitely un­sat­is­fac­tory at the na­tional meet,” Hol­loway told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“Some were not sharp enough at the na­tional meet. They could not adapt quickly enough to the chang­ing of pat­terns.

Hol­loway will meet the bowlers and de­mand for an­swers for their poor form when they re­port back for cen­tralised train­ing on Fri­day.

“From my ob­ser­va­tion, Natasha, Shalin Zulk­i­fli and Nur Ai­man Khairud­din have good chances of mak­ing the team.“I ex­pected more from Ah­mad Muaz Fishol in the na­tional meet as long oil is his favourite pat­tern. But he did not per­form,” said Hol­loway.

The bowlers will only get to try out the oil­ing pat­terns for the Sea Games in the sec­ond-half of next month. Ajitpal Singh

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