Singapore sweeps Men's and Women's Doubles titles at 6th Commonwealth Championship

    02/27/13

    2013 CTBC

    Australia's Sam Cooley, New Zealand's Julieanne Mollet lead in All Events after 12 of 24 games

    2013CTBCJavierTanJarisGoh.jpg The Singaporean men and women swept the gold medals in Doubles at the VI Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Wednesday at Pins Lincoln Bowling Center in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Javier Tan and Singles silver medalist Jaris Goh (pictured, l-r) finished their six-game series with a 462 game to overtake England and to claim the gold medal in Men's Doubles with 2702 total and an average of 225.16. Tan led the duo with 1367 and Goh added 1335.

    England's Christopher Oates and John Wells, who held a slim 14-pin lead heading into the last game closed out theirs set with 437 to fall eleven pins short of the title. The Englishmen took silver with 2691 (224.25).

    2013CTBCSamCooley.jpgSingles champion Sam Cooley and partner Brendan Meads were tied for fifth place with India's Akaash Ashok Kumar and Shabbir Dhankot after five games, but a final 477 game propelled the Aussies into third place to earn the bronze medal with 2561 (220.91).

    Kumar & Dhankot finished with 458 but had to settle for fourth place with 2632 (219.33). New Zealand's Jason Waters and Craig Nevatt fell from third to sixth place with 2595 behind a 394 in the last game.

    Cooley (right), who had the 1444 high series in Singles was also the best individual player in Doubles with 1432 to hold a comfortable 213-pin lead in All Events as the competition has reached its halfway mark. Cooley totaled 2873 pins, an average of 239.66 over twelve games.

    Goh maintained second place with 2663 (221.91) and is followed by Oates (2599) and Paul (2595).

    2013CTBCBerniceLimGeraldineNg.jpg Singapore's Bernice Lim and Geraldine Ng (pictured, l-r), who held a slim 16-pin lead over Malaysia's Siti Shazwani and Dayang Khairuniza heading into the game, finished with 440 to maintain the lead en route to win the gold medal in Women's Doubles. Ng toppled 1379 pins and Lim contributed 1337 for the field-best 2716 total and an average of 226.33.

    Singles silver medalist Shazwani & Khairuniza narrowed the gap to nine pins with a 449 final game but had to settle for second place with 2709 (225.75). Australia's Bec Whiting and two-time World Champion Ann-Maree Putney were a distant third with 2602 to capture the bronze medal.

    Singles champion Kirsten Penny and bronze medalist Lisa John were 42 pins off the pace for the medals to finish fourth with 2560. Sarah Young and Julieanne Mollet of the host country New Zealand finished in fifth place with 2431.

    Mollet used a 1428 series (238 average), the highest women series in the Championship so far, to overtake the lead in All Events after 12 of 24 games with 2553 total and an average of 212.75.

    The next five players are with 45 pins with John in second place with 2531, Lim in third with 2514, Penny in fourth with 2513, Khairuniza in fifth with 2512 and Ng in sixth with 2508.

    The Championship resumes on Thursday with the Mixed Doubles event with Squad A scheduled at 10 a.m. and Squad B at 2.30 p.m. local time.

    2013CTBCLogo_small.jpg This is the sixth edition of the biennial championship which is open to all federations that are members of the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Federation (CTBF). Each team consists of two men and two women (Gibraltar has sent two men only).

    Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Teams, All Events and Masters.

     


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