3rd PENANG DURAINS' MASTERS 2012
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Top three winners from left Ahmad Muaz (3rd), Tan Hock Seng (Champsion) & Shamsul Riza (2nd)
It was a thrilling encounter at the Step-Ladder Finals of the 3rd Penang Durian Masters 2012 this afternoon at Premium Lanes, Bayan Baru, Penang.
En-route to the title match, Shamsul Riza of Negeri Sembilan was in a devastating form when he led from start to finish to clinch the top seed position after 6 games. Shamsul started off with a fiery 280 opening game and followed through with lines of 212, 259, 175, and an identical 278 games to accumulate 1482 series total, averaged 247.00.
Youngster, Ahmad Muaz Fishol of Kedah gave a equally remarkable performance with score of 238, 269, 278, 248, 208 & 214 for a 1455 series total to earn second seed.
Southpaw, Tan Hock Seng of Singapore staged a strong home turn to place as third seed with lines of 210, 261, 214, 268, 247 & 213 for a 1413 series total.
In the title match, top seed, Shamsul Riza was on track to clinch the title after making a turkey strike from the 8th frame onwards. However, after hitting a solid pocket to see ring 10 pin standing, Shamsul coolly stepped up to the approach for his would be winning spare. Much to the astonishment of the cheering crowd, his weak delivery saw the ball gradually glided into the gutter. Thus, challenger, Tan Hock Seng was given a lease of life when he delivered a strike against a 8 pin count in a one ball tie breaker to force a sudden death game.
Unperturbed, Shamsul bombarded with a turkey to lead the race. However, a costly 3 pins spare miss allowed Tan Hock Seng to over take the lead with a double strikes on 5th & 6th frames, spared on the 7th and reeled a turkey to shut off a late challenge by Shamsul. Tan Hock Seng was then declared the champion with a 222-199 margin victory.
The prize presentation cum Durian Hi Tea was officiated by YB Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, Penang EXCO for Youth & Sports, Women Development and Family & Community Affairs.
Also in attendance were Mr. Leong Theng Choon, Director of Penang Sports Council, Mr. Richard Lai, Deputy President of Asian Intercity Bowling Council, Mr, Singgih Goenawan, President of North Sumatera Tenpin Bowling Association and Dr. Ong Shaw Feng, Deputy President of Penang Tenpin Bowling Association and the Press Media personnel.
Our foreign guests also visited the famous Song Hai durian orchard in Gertak Sanggul to taste the freshly dropped durian and other tropical fruits.
Reported by BC Cheah