16th August, Bangkok: Abdulrzzaq Mohammad and Hassan Qasem of Kuwait Team A surprised a strong field by topping the Boy's Doubles opening squad of the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling CHampionships while fancied Singapore Team B led the girl's division.
Kuwait A1 got off to a superb start with 499 opening game to lead Singapore Team A's Joshua Soo and John Yong-Ming Faragalla by 18 pins. Japan's Sugawara Kanade and Sunaga Sora followed closely in third, just one pin away in third.
Sora, who rolled a stunning 279 in his first game added another 279 in his second game while Kanade also rolled an identical 279 for a record-breaking 558 to take over the lead. Kuwait A posted a respectable 461 but slipped to second.
The Kuwaiti pair fought back brilliantly when Qasem shot the second 300 of the championships in the third game for a 480 total but still remained in second. The Japanese pair managed 423 but found their lead reduced from 78 to just 11 pins.
There was simply no way of stopping the Kuwaiti pair when they romped home with 472, 407 and 424 in their next three games to take the squad with 2743. Malaysia's Izz Naqiuddin Putera Islahuddin and Syabil-Azam Syamsul-Azam snatched second spot with 2725.
Japan 1 settled for third with 2671. Singapore Team A's and SIngapore Team B's first pairs managed only fourth and fifth positions with 2590 and 2523 respectively.
Meanwhile, Singles gold medallists, Ashley Victoria Lok partnered Nur Irdina Bte Hazly to lead the Girl's diviion with 2410. Japan's first pair of Kondoh Mao and Totsuka China, who trailed the Singaporean pair most of the way, settled for second with 2370, 40 pins adrift.
Malaysia's first pair of Nur Aqila Mohammed Faiz Ahmed and Nurul Anis Nabila Mohd Nizam took third position with 2260. Singapore A Team's first pair of Ashley Lim Jiayi and Rachael Ong Yan Zhen, who led in the opening game, ended in fourth with 2228.
Singles bronze medallist, Ramita Sarntong partnered Thitichaya Khongyim of Thailand to round out the top five with 2079. Sarntong posted the highest six-games score of 1316 in the Doubles to move into the lead of the Girl's All Events standings.
Squad 2 will take to the lanes for their Doubles after lane maintenance. The combined scores of both squads will determine the winners. Medal ceremony will follow immediately after the second squad. Competition will shift to the Team of 4 tomorrow to be played over two blocks of three games with a break for lane maintenance.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.