MIXED FORTUNES FOR NATIONAL KEGLERS IN WORLD CUP MEET

MAZANI CHAN YAT SIN

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- National keglers Natasha Roslan and Adrian Ang had contrasting fortunes at the QubicaAMF 55th Bowling World Cup in Indonesia today, with the former advancing into the third round in the women’s division and the latter missing the cut in men’s competition.

Debutant Natasha finished second in the second qualifying round at the Bowling Centre in Palembang to qualify for the quarter-finals while Ang missed the cut into the top eight when he came in 14th out of 24 keglers.

Overnight leader Natasha, 23, put up a stiff fight against Kelly Kulick before the American veteran emerged victorious with 6,725 pinfalls over 32 games, while Natasha came in second with 6,719 pinfalls.

Ang, 31, accumulated 6,522 pinfalls, which was 186 pins behind the last qualifier at eighth spot, Jasem Alsaqer of Kuwait.

“It is good I am still among the top finishers going into the quarter-finals stage, but like I have been saying from day one, tomorrow will be the big day. All my performance the last five days can come to nought if I do not deliver tomorrow,” according to Natasha in a statement issued by the organiser.

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“Tomorrow is the D-day, and I not only have to continue to be consistent in my performance, but shoot scores enough to win my ties. The best eight are now bowling and there is not going to be any easy matches,” quipped Natasha, who is vying to finish among the top four tomorrow to boost her chances in the penultimate round of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Ang said he had only himself to blame for failing to do well in the competition.

“My game plan was to hit high games in the first six games; although I started well for the first three games, when the oil started to dry up, I had problems,” said Ang.

“I tried my best but could not get the high games. But I have to blame myself. If only I had done better the first four days to have scored higher, I would not have put myself in this predicament,” said the Penangite, who finished 17th in his debut appearance in 2006 in Venezuela and 23rd in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011.

-- BERNAMA