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Ahmad Taufiq sent packing
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ahmad Taufiq Murni (pic) was sent packing at the New Hanggar International Open Tournament in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

The national cueist was knocked out in the last-64 after losing 9-5 to Malaysia's top cueist Ibrahim Amir at the New Hanggar Billiard yesterday.

A miss pot by Taufiq in the first rack had resulted in Ibrahim opening up a 4-0 lead. It was a deficit that Taufiq never recovered from despite closing to within 5-7 before his opponent closed out the last two frames.

Taufiq was disappointed in the defeat but felt that his opponent played well with good safety plays.

"I had a chance in the beginning but I blew it in the first frame after a miss pot," said Taufiq in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

"Then the rest of the game was all safety plays (by Ibrabim). I didn't have a chance to go on the attack.

"Even when I got to the table, there were a lot of tough positioning shots," he said.

"Overall the competition was just okay. I played good in the group stage (due to) mostly open tables.

"I'm disappointed because (I finished) in the top-64. I think I could have gone further," continued the 25-year-old.

National cue sports coach Lim Tat Hwe felt that the shot clock ruling proved to be a factor that affected Taufiq's game.

"It was the safety shot by his opponent as well as the 45-second shot clock which affected his play," said Lim.

"Overall it was a good tournament for both players because they managed to learn some new things such as the in-house rules which was they never experienced and the also the tight shot clock," he added.

Taufiq had opened his campaign on with a 9-1 win over Jalungga of Indonesia before dispatching of another Indonesian Candra 9-5 to see him through to the last-64.

Hj Md Alirani Hj Besar was the only other Bruneian at the Sept 27 - Oct 4 tournament.

He had started off with a 9-5 loss to Indonesia's Freddy before bouncing back with a 9-8 victory over Kok Jken Yung of Malaysia on Sunday.

His campaign came to an end after falling 9-2 to Dubai's Omran in his third game.

A total of 128 players from Brunei, Chinese Taipei, Dubai, the Philippines, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The tournament offers a cash prize of US$20,000 to the winner while the runner-up will take home US$8,000.

The third-place finisher will get US$4,000 while the cueist who finishes fourth will be awarded US$1,800.

Fifth to eighth place finishers will get US1,000 while those from ninth to 16th will get US$500. Those from 17th to 32nd will receive US$200.

Courtesy from Brunei Times