Brunei’s men’s four team of (L-R) Mohd Israt Amiruddin Hj Abd Ghani, Mohd Ali Hj Bujang, Mohd Huzaimi Mohd Salleh and Pg Hj Md Salleh Chuchu in a group photo after their 16-15 victory over Malaysia in the semi-final of the Asian Lawn Bowls Championships at the Lawn Bowls Arena of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas yesterday. The team will take on India in the final today. Picture: BT/Azri Metussin
THE national lawn bowls men's fours team stormed into the final of 11th Asian Lawn Bowls Championships after a narrow 16-15 win over Malaysia yesterday.
The team of Pg Hj Md Salleh Chuchu, Mohd Huzaimi Mohd Salleh, Mohd Israt Amiruddin Hj Abd Ghani and Mohd Ali Hj Bujang won their play-offs against Hong Kong 12-8 in the morning before they battled through a nervy semi-final in the afternoon to claim their spot in the final.
The nation was trailing 14-15 before the final set of the game. However, the team managed to overturn the result as they scored two points to make it a dramatic 16-15 win over Malaysia at the Lawn Bowls Arena of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
“It’s was an exciting day and playing against Malaysia was very tough as they were considered as the tournament’s favorite,” Pg Hj Mohd Salleh said in an interview after the match. “Before our play-offs in the morning, I told my team that this is a do-or-die match and to reach the semi-final was a big bonus for us.
“To reach the final now is just beyond my expectation and I am still speechless,” he added. “I also appreciate the team for their teamwork throughout the match. “During the last set, I assembled the team and told them to play their normal game and play with less pressure. “Somehow, it’s our opponent (Malaysia) who began to panic when we hold the advantage and in the end we did it,” he continued.
Speaking of their final against India today, Pg Hj Md Salleh said that it’s going to be a tough game but he remained hopeful of winning the final. “India is a very good team. They have been playing since the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, and they have improved a lot since then,” he said.
“However, we will play our best game and since it’s an open game, hopefully playing at our own local ground can help us win the final,” he concluded. Meanwhile in the men’s single event, senior national lawn bowler Abd Rahman Hj Omar failed to achieve the same feat after the veteran lost to a Hong Kong player 21-16.
The tournament will continue today with final for women’s pairs and women’s triple event at 9am while the men’s single and men’s four final events will take place at 2pm at the same venue.