17th August, Bangkok: Kuwait A and Singapore A are on a roll after topping the first block of the Boy's and Girl's Team of Four event at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships on Wednesday.
Doubles silver medallists, Abdulrzzaq Mohammad and Hassan Qasem along with Singles bronze medallist, Abdulrahman Alkandari and Abdullah Aldubayan of Kuwait Team A scorched the lanes with a stunning 997 opening game to lead Hong Kong Team A by 90 pins.
Hong Kong's Louis Lam, Jason Leung, Amen Yuen and Jeremy Wong did well with 907 for second spot while Philippines Team A's Justin Dinham, Kurt Anthony Capellan, Stephen Luke Diwa and Zach Ramin was third with 874.
Hong Kong managed to reduced the gap to just 31 pins after they rolled 844 in the second game as the Kuwaitis knocked down only 785. Philippines A remained in third as Singapore Team B's Brian Ngoi, Ryan Goi, Mathieu Louis and Leroy Kwek moved up the field.
Kuwait A bounced back with 870 to seal top spot with 2652. Singapore B fired a sizzling 948 to snatch second spot with 2609 while Hong Kong A settled for third with 2608, just a single pin off.
In the girl's division, Japan's Ishida Manon, Kondoh Mao, Totsuka China and Hamasaki Riria got off to a good start with 803 to take a slender lead of 25 pins over Malaysia. Singapore Team A's Shirlene Wong, Rachel Ong, Ashley Lim and Lim Shi En was third.
Singapore A stamped their mark when the quartet moved into the lead with a superb 863 in their second game. Japan managed 758 to slip behind the Singaporeans. Malaysia also slip down one spot to third.
The leader ended the first block with 792 in their third game to lead the field with 2426. Japan finished stronger with 824 to reduce the gap from 73 to 41 pins in second on a total of 2385. Singapore Team B stormed home to snatch third spot with 2276.
The teams will resume with their second block of three games after lane maintenance. The top 16 boys and top 16 girls based on the All-Events standings (after 18 games) will qualify for the Masters finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
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