22nd November, Kuching: Team ABAS 2 captured the inaugural Team of 5 Premier Cup at the Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships underway at Megalanes Sarawak with Team ABAS 3 and Team FnD Empire in second and third.
A total of 36 teams participated in the Bakers' Format special event to kick off the long anticipated and immensely popular Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships. The second team of Amatuer Bowling Association of Sarawak (ABAS 2) comprising of Zephyr Liew, Jayden See, Jayden Loh, Chan Jia Wei and Jeremy Yeo got off to a cracking start with a 279 opener.
MegaMall Bowling Center's second team (MMBC 2) also had a good start with 255 to trail ABAS 2 by 34 pins follwed by MMBC 1 in third with 242. ABAS 2's lead lasted one game as ABAS 3, the third team, took over the running after the leader dropped their pace with 176 in the second game.
Ex-international turned sports commentator, Syaidatul Affifah, Mohd Danish Jeehan, Andrea Tan, Abner Loo and Daniel Tan of ABAS 3 rolled 238 and 227 to lead ABAS 1 by 10 pins with MMBC 1 still very much in contention in third.
Mohd Zuhayr Redza, Ethan Damien Goh, Dayang Yuni Azreen, Melvin Gilbert Gimang and Cornelius Aldhelm Ak. Sajat of ABAS 2 shot a big game of 253 after 222 and 187 in their first two games to become the third new leader past the halfway mark. ABAS 1 remained in second with ABAS 3 recovering and up to third.
ABAS 3 added a sizzling 268 in the fourth game to regain the lead and building up a big gap of 53 pins over ABAS 1 in second while ABAS 3 dropped down to third. ABAS 3 ended poorly with 181 and 193 in their last two games to settle for second in the end with 1288.
ABAS 2 shot 221 in the fifth and a superb 267 in their final game to clinch victory with 1349. Team FnD Empire snatched third position with 1273 total. ABAS 1 missed the podium and the top 3 after ending in fourth position with 1266.
Mr Robert Lu, Vice President of ABAS was on hand to give away the prizes. The champion walked away with RM2,000, the first runner-up pocketed for RM1,000 and the second runner-up took home RM500. The qualifying rounds of the Sarawak International Open will commence tomorrow with the first block of 5 games, divided into four squads, A, B, C and D.
The second block of another five games will be played on November 24. At the end of each qualifying day, a special 'Joker' squad comprising of only two games can be entered by any player. The two games bowled can replace any two lowest games bowled in their first block.
Likewise, they can enter a second 'Joker' squad at the end of the second qualifying day in the hope of replacing their two lowest games achieved in the second block. Players aged 25 or under will be categorised in the Youth 25 & under division with apporpriate handicap based on their gender and ages. Those whose average not in the Open division, will be categorised in the Classified division.
Players in the Classified or Youth division may also enter the Open division and will be allocated appropriate handicap according to their certified averages. The top 60 with the highest total based on the final 10-game in each of the three divisions, will qualify for the Masters finals scheduled for November 26.
Eight games will be contested in each of the three Masters Finals. The top 3 based on the 8-game total in the Classified division will be declared the winners. The top 3 in the Youth 25 & under will make the cut for the stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion. The top 4 in the Open division will make the cut for the "Lsst Man Standing' stepladder shootout finals to determine the champion, who will stand a chance to win the top prize of RM20,000 (approx. US$4,300).
Live video streaming thtoughout the qualifying rounds, Masters Finals and Stepladder shootout finals will be available.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.