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Mixed fortunes for Bruneian duo on day one
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National lawn bowler Abd Rahman Hj Omar ended day one of his World Indoor Singles Championship campaign with a win and a loss in Australia.

Abd Rahman sealed a 6-6, 7-7, 5-0 victory over Turkey's Ozkan Akar during his opening match at the April 8-16 competition before losing to Japan's Kenta Hasebe 10-6, 10-5 yesterday.

The results see him currently sit in 9th in his group.

The national bowler - who still has eight more opponents to face - will receive a bye in his round three match before going head to head with Netherland's Andy Docter today.

He will then take on Neil Furman from the US, South Africa's Bobby Donnelly, Malaysia's Fairul Abd Muin, Hong Kong's Chi Leung Fung, Ireland's Neil Booth, Fiji's Samuela Tuikiligana and Australia's Tony Wood.

Fairul currently leads the group after becoming the only one to secure two wins.

The men's defending champion, Australia's Jeremy Henry sits in second in the Group 2, behind Norfolk Islands' Ryan Dixon who tops the table by shot difference.

Abd Rahman headed into the tournament on a roll after picking up bronze at the March 28-30 Lion City Cup International Lawn Bowls Championship in Singapore.

Fellow national bowler Hjh Amalia Hj Metali, meanwhile, struggled yesterday.

She found herself at the bottom of the Group 1 table after losing both her matches at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club in New South Wales.

She first fell 10-7, 13-0 to South Africa's Colleen Piketh before testing her skills against World No 1 and defending champion, New Zealand's Jo Edwards, who won 12-4, 9-4.

Hjh Amalia, who has nine more opponents waiting in line, will be taking on Hong Kong's Tammy Tham in her third match followed by Sonia Bruce from the Philippines today.

Her remaining matches will see her go up against Dee McSparran from the US, Scotland's Caroline Brown, Norfolk Island's Carmen Anderson, Macao's Nikki Lee, Malta's Carmen Spiteri, Japan's Hiroko Emura and Australia's Karen Murphy.

Edwards is leading the group by two wins and a better shot difference ahead of Bruce, Murphy and Piketh who also share two wins.

Malaysia's Siti Zalini Ahmad picked up the only two wins in the second group to take the lead.

The Bruneian duo earned their spots to represent the country after snatching first place during February's National Singles Championship held by the Brunei Darussalam National Lawn Bowls Association.

Courtesy from Brunei Times