Lim Charng Hui in action during
a local tournament last year.
He was one of the five cueists
who failed to progress to the
last-32 at the 5th Golden Break
9-Ball Invitational Championship
2013 yesterday. Picture: BT file
Only one of the country's cueists in action yesterday qualified for the last-32 at the 5th Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Championship 2013 at Kuchai Avenue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar beat Thailand's Tanut Makamontree 9-5 to qualify for the last-32, but it was the end of the road for Mohd Alias Hj Rashid, Lim Charng Hui, Mohd Qusyairi Zainuddin, Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi ZH Pg Anak Hj Latifuddin and Bakthyar Zaini who were all eliminated yesterday.
Mohd Alias defeated Singaporean Lum Wai Keong 9-7 in his first match before defeating Frankie Kok from Malaysia with a similar scoreline in his second match. He then bowed out of the competition after losing 9-3 to Carlo Biado from the Philippines.
Lim also started off strongly by defeating Charlene Chai from Singapore 9-6 in his first game. He then lost 9-4 to Arnel Bautista from the Philippines, before fell 9-6 to Vietnamese Duong Quoc Hoang in the loser's column.
Hj Md Alirani started off the day by defeating David Tan from Malaysia 9-6. He then fell 9-4 to Tanut Makamontree from Thailand before bouncing back to defeat Benjin Ong of Singapore 9-1 in the loser's column. Hj Mohd Alirani then beat Yandi Tan of Indonesia 9-5.
Mohd Qusyairi, Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi and Bakthyar were all eliminated in the last 64 after losing two consecutive matches.
The tournament continues today with Shaiful Bahani Hj Abd Rahman taking on Daniel Tong from Singapore and Lim Wei Kok going up against Ha Minuk from South Korea, while Ahmad Taufiq Murni will receive a bye and will face either Steve Fong from Singapore or Lee Wansu from South Korea.
The 24-year-old Taufiq was the best performer in the annual tournament last year after losing 10-7 to Ronnie Alcano in the last-16.
Dennis Orcollo, who is ranked second in both the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA) and Asia Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and Chang Jun Lin, who is first on the APBU rankings and eighth in the world, will also feature in the tournament.
The competition offers a cash prize of US$8,000 to the winner while the runner-up will take home US$4,000.