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Monday, 16 April 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Syafiq loses to Taiwan’s Pai-feng by two pins in semis

PETALING JAYA: Two successive splits from the seventh frame put paid to Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek’s hopes of winning the Thailand leg of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour.

The 32-year-old’s failure to spare in both frames saw him chalking up 222 to lose by two pins to Taiwan’s Lin Pai-feng in the semi-finals. Pai-feng emerged champion by edging South Korean Han Jae-hyeon 229-221 in the title decider.

Syafiq, the 2012 World Cup winner, had been in superb scoring form beating South Korean duo Hwang Sung-hyun 246-236 and Park Kyung-rok 255-212 in the first two hurdles before finding his match in Pai-feng.

It was his second disappointment in as many days after he lost in the first stepladder finals to settle for sixth spot in the Thailand Open on Saturday.

Syafiq, however, did match his previous best semi-final effort in the Indonesian leg in 2016.

He was the best Malaysian performer among the eight who qualified for the one-day knockout round tournament by virtue of being the leading 16 finishers in the just concluded Thailand Open on Saturday.

Thailand Open men’s runner-up Tun Hakim was beaten 234-267 by homester Surasak Manuwong in the quarter-finals.

In the women’s division, Malaysia were represented by five bowlers but only former international Hee Kar Yen manage to reach the last eight.

Kar Yen, who won the Indonesian leg in 2011, went down 245-255 to eventual champion Wang Ya-ting of Taiwan.