Doubles Event- Matching 6th places for men’s, ladies’ teams

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 15:01

Fifth Commonwealth Championship 2011 – Malaysia

Tuesday saw the male and female Doubles competitions at the V Commonwealth Championships, being held at the Sunway Mega-lanes bowling centre in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, where team Malta’s pairings of Neil Sullivan & Justin Caruana Scicluna, and Sue Abela & Tiziana Carannante were both in action. A total of thirteen nations are competing in these fifth Commonwealth Championships, and Malta’s bowlers will be satisfied with their latest performances, the teams each securing sixth place in their respective divisions.

As per championship rules, Tuesday’s lane condition was ‘short-oil’ in contrast to the longer pattern used for Monday’s Singles event, and the overall effect of that, certainly in the male division, was a generally lower scoring pace across the board. Maltese youth star Justin Caruana Scicluna, however, managed to maintain composure to register a 1156 total (192.6 ave), a tad better than his performance in the singles. Teammate Neil Sullivan however, having picked up an historic silver medal on Monday, saw his pace drop as he put in a 1226 (204.3 ave) session, meaning a 2382 team total for sixth place.

The men’s event was won by English duo Matt Miller, and namesake Matt Chamberlain with their excellent 2611 effort. Silver went to Chris Castle and George Frilingos from Australia, while the home side made up of Adrian Ang and Zulmazran Zulkifli claimed third place.

The field of 26 ladies (13 teams) seemed to take on the shorter lane pattern with more ease, largely maintaining similar scoring levels as they managed on the longer condition the previous day. Malta’s Tiziana Carranante saw some improvement in her play, achieving a 1047 individual total (174.5 ave). Sue Abela lacked some consistency a little at times, rolling a poor 142 second game, but soon made amends with a super 256 in game four. Her eventual 1181 tally meant a 2228 team total, taking sixth place to emulate their male counterparts.

Geraldine Ng and Shayna Ng from Singapore claimed first place among the ladies, followed by English pair Hayley White and Nicki Ainge in second place and the Malaysian pairing of Zandra Aziela and Siti Amirah took the bronze award.

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