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10-pin bowling singles team struck out
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A bowler from the Sultanate
competing in the singles event
of the 26th Southeast Asian
Games yesterday at the Jaya
Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.
Picture: Infofoto

It was a bad day at the office for the national 10-pin bowling team at the 26th Southeast Asian Games.

They occupied the bottom of the table after the singles event yesterday at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.

Mohd Haidir Fadzilla Hj Noor Ismadi had the best score among the Bruneians with 1056 pinfalls to place 37th in the field of 41 bowlers.

Pg Eshamuddin Pg Hj Mohiddin (1040), Mohd Shahwall Mustafa (1008), Pg Md Rudisofy Pg Hj Tajuddin (976) and Ahmad Athery Hj Abd Samad (915) rounded off the standings respectively.

The lane conditions were a little different from practice the day before but national bowling coach Mike Griffith is not taking that as an excuse for the poor performance.

"It wasn't a good day as the players struggled. They didn't bowl the way that they wanted, resulting in them being at the bottom of the table," Griffith told The Brunei Times yesterday.

"They certainly bowled under their abilities and it was disappointing for them. They had prepared well and also did well in practice but unfortunately the conditions today (Tuesday) were different from yesterday. That is no excuse for us though," he added.

"There were high expectations for us but I guess the pressure made them crumble a little," continued the Australian.

The keglers will now be looking forward to the doubles event and the national coach hopes that they will be able to bounce back.

The team will be separated into two pairs for the event.

Mohd Haidir Fadzilla will partner Pg Md Rudisofy in the first team while Mohd Shahwall and Pg Eshamuddin form the other.

"The field was strong in the singles but we have a much better chance especially in the trios and team events," said Griffith.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a new day and the conditions will be different. The psychologist has worked through with the team (after the singles) and hopefully they will come back out with open minds," he concluded.

The other kegler Ahmad Athery will continue today and his score will only be accounted for in the All-Events.

TMeanwhile, it was a one-two finish for the Philippines after Frederick Ong took the gold with 1386 pinfalls while compatriot Jeremy Posadas finished with 1365 pinfalls.

Local favourite and 2005 Manila SEA Games Singles gold medallist, Ryan Lalisang, won the bronze with 1359 pinfalls.

Courtesy from Brunei Times