Silver lining as S'pore bowlers seal best haul

Although Singapore's Asean Para Games (APG) bowling team ended the final day of competition with a silver and a fourth-place finish, they still wrapped up their best-ever haul at the Games.

The total of three gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes - beating the 2011 result of two golds, one silver and one bronze - was hailed by team manager Darren Khemlani as "a fantastic result".

At the Temasek Club yesterday, it was a race to the finish line between the mixed trios teams of the Republic and Malaysia.

Thomas Chan got the ball rolling for Singapore in the TPB 1 + B2/3 + B2/3 mixed trios, for the visually impaired, before team-mate Ismail Hussain hammered home four consecutive strikes in the first game, followed by six consecutive strikes in the second to take the lead by the end of the second game.

However, after switching lanes for the third and fourth games, as stipulated to ensure fairness, Singapore lost momentum but still stood top of the table, with first and third places separated by a mere 38 pinfalls.

Said Ismail: "After the change of lanes, I had to quickly read the lane and I had a few bad shots."

He hit 133 pinfalls in the third game, after 233 pins in the second.

Malaysia's Muhamad Hairul, Choo Kam Chan and Zainul Akmal, who were third after three games, capitalised by hitting a team-high 459 to win by 43 pinfalls.

Despite the loss, Singapore's Kelvin Goh said: "We cover each other and this is the team spirit we want and that is the most important.

"I am also a debutant in the Asean Para Games (APG) so I am very happy with our results."

Khemlani added: "It was a great fightback... and Malaysia proved that they were the better team."

In the mixed trios for TPB8 + B 9/0 + B9/10, for the physically disabled, Singapore finished fourth with 1,755 pinfalls while Thailand took the crown with 1,922 pinfalls.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2015, with the headline 'Silver lining as S'pore bowlers seal best haul'. Subscribe