Ahmad Taufiq Murni (3L) and
other Bruneians posing for
a photo after Friday's
Labuan 9-Ball International
Championship Open 2013.
Picture: Courtesy of Mohd
Khalid Abu Bakar
It was a fantastic outing for Brunei at the Labuan 9-Ball International Championship Open 2013.
The Sultanate's top player Ahmad Taufiq Murni finished at the top of the podium after defeating Sabah's Frankie Kok 11-8 in the final at David's Pool in Labuan on Friday.
It was a neck-and-neck battle right from the start before Taufiq managed to open up a 9-6 lead. Two straight miss pots allowed Kok to cut the deficit to 9-8 before Taufiq resorted to a timeout.
Taufiq received a bye in first round before dispatching compatriot Jong Wee Lee 7-0 to enter the top-32.
The 24-year-old cruised to a 9-2 win over Labuan's Daus then before making quick work of Zainuddin of Labuan by winning 9-1.
He went on to beat Vincent Lim of Labuan 9-2 in the quarter-finals before triumphing over Sabah's Rashid Samy 9-5 in the last-four.
A total of 10 players under the Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA) competed at the four-day event.
There were two other Bruneians who joined Taufiq in the last day of action after being dropped in the quarter-finals.
Mohd Khalid Abu Bakar lost 9-4 to Sarawak's David Tan while Lim Wee Kok was edged 9-8 by Kok.
Next on the calendar for the sport will be the 5th Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Championship 2013 to be held in Kuala Lumpur next month.