Thursday, January 14, 2010

Zulmazran on song again

Selangor’s Zulmazran Zulkifli bounced back after a poor outing on Tuesday, to end the Interstate championship on a high note when he won the Men’s All-events and Team event at the Sunway Mega Lanes and help his State maintain their supremacy.

The two gold medals yesterday brought his personal tally to three our four possible gold medals, having won the singles in sizzling form on Monday.
On Monday, he had high 1617 for six games, but had a poor 1217, which cost him a medal in the doubles, but yesterday bounced back for 1450 total and a grand total of 4284 for an average of 238.
In the team event, Zulmazaran partnered Zaid Izlan, Kelvin Keong (the duo won the doubles gold) and Alex Liew for the victory. Winning the silver was Penang’s lineup of Aaron Kong, Mohd Afiq Wafiy, Khoo Beng Khai and Adrian Ang.
Adrian also won the All-Events silver medal with his total of 4051 – 233 pins behind Zulmazran. Kelvin won another medal for Selangor when he bagged the bronze with his total 4018.
Bronze medalist in the team event was Johor’s team of Muhd Nur Aiman, Muhd Haikal Downs, Fahmi Bahri Sulaiman and Kang Bo Long with their 4713.
“I was back on the left side of the house where I had done well on Monday and everything fell in place today. Yesterday (Tuesday), I was bowling on right side of the house where the lanes were drier and I had difficulties,” said Zulmazran.
“I am glad that I bounced back and am happy to have won three gold medals, although I would have been happier if I had bagged all four.”
In the women’s category, Selangor’s Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, failed to match Zulmazran’s feat when she had to settle for silver medals in the team and All-events.
It was Kuala Lumpur’s team of Hee Kar Yen, Cheryl Pui Yee, Wendy Chai and Sahron Koh with 5174.
Zandra and her teammates of Illi Syazana, Zatil Iman and Siti Safiyah Amirah won the silver with their total of 4781, while Johor picked up the bronze medal with their team of Siti Shazwani, Sh. Nurfatimah, Wan Nur Atiqqa and Nur Syakirah Yeoh with their total of 4694.
While Zandra failed to win the gold in the All-Events, Selangor were still smiling as Siti Safiyah bagged it with her grand 3980.
Zandra who was behind Siti with one game left in the team event, saw Kuala Lumpur and fellow national teammate Sharon Koh pip her to win the silver with a total of 3924 as compared to Zandra’s 3897.
“It was so close yet so far. It was there for my taking to bag four and at worst three gold medals, but it was not to be,” sighed Zandra.
“I did badly in the doubles, but today I did better, but was not good enough to catch up with Siti Safiyah who had pulled away.
“In any case, it has been a good start to the year for me and I hope to continue to improve and do better than my overall performance last year where I did not win any titles at all.”
Selangor continued to dominate the Interstate championship with their total of seven gold medals, two silver and four bronze, while KL settled for four gold, four silver and four bronze.
Sabah, thanks to their youth bowlers, finished third with 3 gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
But it was Sarawak who won four silver and four bronze medals and had four fourth placings who finished third ahead of Johor based on merits points given for the top four placings of 1,2,3 and 4 points.
Sarawak had 20 points as opposed to Sabah's 20 which saw them finish fourth in the overall standing.


                                 G            S          B
Selangor                  7             4          4                     
Kuala Lumpur         4             3          4
Sabah                       3             1          1
Melaka                    1             1          2
Johor                        1             0          2
Sarawak                   0             4         4
Kedah                       0            1          0
Negri Sembilan        0            1          0
Penang                      0           2          1

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