Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar was the
first Bruneian through to the
last-32 of the 5th Golden
Break 9-Ball Invitational
Championship 2013 after he
defeated Thailand's Tanut
Makkamontee 9-5 on Monday.
Picture: Courtesy of Lim
Ahmad Taufiq Murni is on course for the last-32 of the 5th Golden Break 9-Ball Invitational Championship 2013 at the Kuchai Avenue in Kuala Lumpur.
The Sultanate's top cueist cruised to a 9-1 victory over Singapore's Steve Fong in his Group N opener.
He played Malaysia's Patrick Ooi in the second match but results could not be obtained as of press time.
Victory for the Bruneian ensures passage into the next round.
Compatriot Shaiful Bahani Hj Abd Rahman is in the same group and he started out with a hard fought 9-8 win over Daniel Tong of Singapore.
According to national cue sports coach Lim Tat Hwe, the match lasted for approximately three hours.
Shaiful Bahani won five straight frames after facing an 8-4 deficit to claim the victory.
He could have set up a meeting against Taufiq but lost 9-7 to Ooi in the second game.
Shaiful Bahani still has another chance to try and advance into the top-32 from the loser's bracket where he is up against Korea's Lee Wansu.
The match was still ongoing as of press time.
Lim Wei Kok was eliminated earlier in the day after losing both his matches.
He fell 9-4 to Ha Minuk of Korea in the first game before losing 9-3 to Andrew Kong of Hong Kong.
Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar was the first Bruneian through to the last-32 after he defeated Thailand's Tanut Makkamontee 9-5 on Monday.
It was a good result considering that Tanut is the Thailand National 9-Ball Championship in June.
Hj Md Alirani had started off his campaign with a 9-6 win over Malaysia's David Ong before falling 9-4 to Tanut in their first meeting.
He then beat Benjin Ong of Singapore 9-1 in the loser's bracket followed by a 9-5 triumph over Yandi Tan of Indonesia.
Mohd Alias Hj Rashid, Lim Charng Hui, Mohd Qusyairi Zainuddin, Pg Anak Hj Abdul Awadi ZH Pg Anak Hj Latifuddin and Bakthyar Zaini were all eliminated on Monday.
Meanwhile, Dennis Orcollo, who is ranked second in both the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA) and Asia Pocket Billiard Union (APBU), will not feature in the competition as previously reported.
The competition continues today and the only Bruneian set to see action is Jong Wee Lee.
The competition offers a cash prize of US$8,000 to the winner while the runner-up will take home US$4,000.
Semi-finalists will be awarded US$2,000 while quarter-finalists will get US$1,000.
The last-16 will take home US$500 while the last-32 will get US$200.
Trophies and medals will also be awarded to the respective winners.