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Brunei need comeback of epic proportions
Tuesday, 12th October 2010

Brunei need a comeback of epic proportions to secure their first ever Commonwealth Games medal.

The last man standing for the Sultanate at the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, lawn bowler Ampuan Ahad Ampuan Kassim (pic), lost both of his games in the men's singles yesterday leaving his hopes of reaching the quarter-finals hanging by a thread.

He first fell 2-0 (13-2, 11-6) to New Zealand's Ali Forsyth, but put up a better fight against England's Sam Tolchard, though he still lost 2-0 (8-7, 7-4).

Still yet to record a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, the result was Ampuan Ahad's fifth straight defeat in the event and puts him dead bottom in the nine-man Group B.

Forsyth, meanwhile, has yet to drop any of his five games and is second in the table to Tolchard, who lost only one of his six matches.

With each win awarded two points and with three more games to go, Ampuan Ahad will have to clinch all his matches today to keep alive even his slimmest dreams of advancing to the next round.

Ampuan Ahad faces Cook Islands' Munokokura Pita, Jersey's Michael Rive and Malta's Shaun James Parnis today when it will definitely be do or die for the Bruneian.

Botswana's Raymond Mascarenhas currently has the last quarter-final spot with six points after winning three of his six matches.

Also on six points is Pita, sitting on fifth with three wins in five games.

Ampuan Ahad lost his first match 2-0 (10-8, 7-6) to Leslie Lagatule of Niue Island on Sunday. He started his campaign with a 2-0 (12-5, 13-2) loss to Mascarenhas and a 2-0 defeat (16-3, 15-4) to Rob Weales of Wales.

Brunei have competed in every edition of the Games since the 1990 edition in Auckland, New Zealand, but have yet to return with a medal.

Courtesy from Brunei Times