4th December, Manila: 2017 SEA Games Doubles bronze medallist, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian narrowly clinched the Men's Doubles gold medal for Indonesia at the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships.
Kenneth Chua and Patrick Nuqui gave the Filipino supporters plenty to cheer for when the duo got off to the blistering pace with 477 in their opening game to lead the second Thai pair of Singapore silver medallist, Annop Arromsaranon and Yannaphon Larpapharat by 17 pins.
The other Thai pair of Atchariya Cheng and Surasak Manuwong did well with 433 to take up third spot as Singapore's second pair of Basil Dill Ng and Alex Chong took up fourth, a further 9 pins away. Sadly the lead only lasted briefly despite knocking down 401 in the second game.
Cheng and Manuwong added 447 in their second game to take over the running, two pins ahead of Philippines. Malaysia's first pair of Tun Hakim and Rafiq Ismail rolled 458 to add to their average start of 375 to take up third.
Islam and Rachmadian was just seven pins off the Malaysian when they shot a superb 483 in their third game to move quaickly into the lead. Cheng and Manuwong also took over second spot with the Malaysian pair remaining in third.
Thailand surged past Islam and Rachmadian with a better fourth game of 453 as the Indonesian pair dropped 33 pins behind. Malaysia kept their third spot while Philippine was unable to make up grounds.
Thailand continued their excellent pace with 456 in the fifth game and look set to win their first gold medal. Indonesia bounced back with 461 to reduce their deficit by just 28 pins. But Cheng and Manuwong struggled in their sixth and final game managing only 370.
Islam and Rachmadian fired a stronger 426 to clinch the narrow victory with 2592. Thailand held on their second spot to earn a second silver medal of the championship with 2564. Malaysia picked up the bronze medal with 2556.
The first Indonesian pair of Ryan Lalisang and Yeri Ramadona missed the podium by 40 pins despite storming home to finish fourth with 2516. Philippines completed the top five with 2420, 136 pins off third. The women will contest their Doubles event later today. Competition will shift to the Team of 4 event to be held tomorrow over two blocks of three games each.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.