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ABF Tour - Hong Kong 2019

Second and third runners-up for Hong Kong
21st July, Hong Kong: Gigi Leung and Joey Yip of Hong Kong ended the ABF Tour Hong Kong 2019 finishing as second and third runners-up in the women's division as Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and Lara Posadas-Wong of Philippines captured their maiden tour title.

Leung edged topseed and Hong Kong Open first runner-up, Nur Amirah AUni of Malaysia, 240-235 in her opening round match. The national bowler went on to defeat Bea Hernandez of Philippines, 246-238 to advance to the semi-finals.

But her good run came to an end went she found Malaysia's Nora Lyana Natasia a handful, going down 221-277 in the Women's second semi-final match. Yip, who breezed past Alexis Sy of Philippines, 223-179 in her opening round match, ousted Malaysia's Faten Najihah, 213-199 in the second round to advance to the semi.

Her fine run also came to an end when Yip lost to eventual champion, Lara Posadas-Wong, 180-226 in the second semi-final match. Posadas-Wong went on to beat Natasia, 203-171 in the final to capture her first-ever tour title, 14 years after her sister Apple Posadas won it in Manaila.

Gigi Leung finishing a creditable second runner-up in the WOmen's division

Hong Kong's other finalist was Chan Shuk Han, who also made an early exit losing to Malaysia's Nora Lyana Natasia, 202-246 in the opening round.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong's only hope were dashed when 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Eric Tseng crashed out narrowly in Round 1 to Enzo Hernandez of Philippines, 243-245. Tour denutant, Oscar Poon won his opening round with a victory over Malaysia's Muhd Azizi Naim, 242-189.

But Poon was handed a heavy task of meeting newly-crowned Hong Kong Open champion and topseed, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia in the next round. Ismail gave Poon no chance taking the match with an easy 240-199 victory.

Ismail then defeated Hernandez, 267-229 in the Men's second semi-final match before ousting team-mate, Tun Hakim, 266-247 in the all-Malaysian final to win his first tour title. Hakim had breezed past Saudi debutant, Sari Jazaeri, 211-137 in the other semi-final to face Ismail in the final.

Rafiq Ismail and Lara Posadas-Wong winning their first-ever tour title

Ms Vivien Lau, BBS, JP, Secretary General of World Bowling and Chairman of ABF Tour Organizing Committee awarded the tropies to the champions. Ismail and Posadas-Wong took home US$500 each while the first runners-up took home US$300 each.

Second and third runners-up settled for US$150 each. The third and final leg of this year's ABF Tour will be staged at Southern Bowling Centre on August 18, 2019, a day after the 19th Chinese Taipei International Open, which will be held from August 11 to 17. For further information and details, please contact ABF Tour Committee at Tel: +852 2893 6039, Fax: +852 2893 6290; Email: hktbc@netvigator.com.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.

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