Finland’s Osku Palermaa made up for his defeat by Malaysia’s Adrian Ang in the Malaysian Open Masters final, when he edged the latter in the crucial deciding game in the Canon Cup between Team Malaysia and the Rest of the World at the Sunway Mega Lanes yesterday afternoon.
With the score at 2-2, it gave Team
an opportunity to wrest the Canon Cup, which they only won in the inaugural year of the Cup was introduced. Malaysia
As the duo battled out frame for frame, Palermaa took advantage when he had four strikes in a row from frames six to ninth and then put the pressure on
While Osku was happy with the victory, he said that it was just over one game.
“A win is always great, but this is just over one game. Besides,
bowled well too and that is bowling. Anything can happen,” said Osku the two-time European Bowler of the Year. Adrian
“Like on Saturday, I had the advantage to win, but
won. So I suppose we are even in some ways. Adrian
“But really, it has been a great week for me here and am looking forward to coming back here again.”
Yesterday, for Team Malaysia, it was the women who carried the challenge when first Hee Kar Yen defeated Malaysian Open Masters Women’s runner up, Chien Hsiu Lan from Chinese Taipeh (174-169) in Game 2 and Zandra Aziela beat the Malaysian Open Masters Women’s newly crowned champion, Kelly Kulick (221-163).
The three men in Team
Malaysia, Zulmazran Zulkifli, youngster Yusuf Abdul Raof and Adrian lost their matches to Basil Low from Singapore, Yannaphon Larpaphart ( ) and Osku. Thailand
Zandra was obviously on Cloud Nine.
“This is fantastic. Everything worked well for me and thanks to coach Holloway Cheah who made the necessary adjustments for the difficult pair of lanes when he asked me to use a different ball each lane because of the lane reaction,” said a delighted Zandra.
“When Kelly had problems with the lanes and I was settled and had three strikes in a row, I could not have asked for a better start and to boost my morale.”
Asked if she was disappointed that she failed to get past the quarterfinals in the Malaysian Open, she said that she gave her best.
“I am disappointed that I failed to progress further than the quarterfinals and also that no Malaysian women bowler got past the last eight. However, I bowled my best and my opponent Lisa de Rosario was in great form too against me.
“However, I seek some consolation from my victory over Kelly although it is just over a game. The win will definitely help me because it will be a great morale booster and can always look back at the game when the going gets get tough and motivate myself.”
National Team manager, B. C. Cheah said that it was sad to have lost the Cup the last three years especially having come so close to win it.
“It was the same last year when we lost 3-2. It would have been great if we had won this year, but it is not to be,” said Cheah.
“I suppose we will just have to try harder next year and make it happen.”
REST OF THE WORLD SCORE MALAYSIA
1: Zulmazran Zulkilfi (143) Basil Low (Spore) (198) 0-1
2: Hee Kar Yen (174) Chien Hsiu Lan (C
) (169) 1-1 Taipei
3: Yusuf Abdul Raof (158) Yannaphon L (Thai) (213) 1-2
4: Zandra Aziela (221) Kelly Kulick (
) (163) 2-2 USA
5: Adrian Ang (201) Osku Palermaa (
) (213) 3-2 Finland
Winners: Rest of the World 3-2