LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 12pm

Sarawak Retain Interstate Bowling Championship Title

Pic: BernamaPic: BernamaPETALING JAYA: Sarawak ended their campaign in the 31st Inter-State Bowling Championship at Sunway Mega Lanes, Bandar Sunway here with four gold medals on the final day of the tournament.

Their tally of five gold, four silver and one bronze overall saw them pip rivals Kuala Lumpur to the overall title as the latter finished with five gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

The Negeri Sembilan squad came in third with two gold, five silver and four bronze.

Sarawak defended their gold medal in the men's team event amid intense competition from Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

The quartet comprising Abi Afiq Yazid Abang Azman, Christopher Tiong, Ervin Lim Wai Mun and Mohd Uzair Irsyad Noor Azrul finished with a total of 4,802 pinfalls to win the gold.

The silver medal went to Negeri Sembilan with 4,579 pinfalls, while Selangor got the bronze (4,544)

Meanwhile, Abang Afiq Yazid also emerged as the best overall in the men's individual category, collecting 3,731 pinfalls through three events (individual, doubles and team).

"I am happy with my personal achievement in this tournament, and after winning the gold medal in the singles event, I got another two today. My previous best was two gold medals last year which I got through the doubles and youth team events," said the student of Universiti Teknologi Mara Semarahan.

Sarawak also won the women's team category after Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana, Nerosha Keligit, Nur Aina Kamalia Abd Ayub and Nur Hazirah Ramli collected 4,377 pinfalls, just 31 more than runners-up Negeri Sembilan.

The bronze medal went to Selangor who finished with 4,295 pinfalls.

Meanwhile, former national player, Hee Kar Yen won her third gold medal after emerging the overall winner of women's individual category.

The Sarawak bowling team's final medal was won by Dayang Yumi Azreen Abang Azman, Nur Haziqah Ramli, Asia Dania Azree and Lavinia Kho Jia Jie in the women's youth team event.

The quartet from the Land of the Hornbills dominated the game from start to finish, collecting 4,679 pinfalls.

In the men's youth team category, the Penang quartet finished with 4,579 pinfalls for the gold, edging out second-placed Sarawak by only 31.

The bronze medal went to Sabah with 4,473 pinfalls.