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Double runners-up for Hong Kong
8th July, Kaohsiung: Jimmy Cheung and Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong finished as second and third runners-up in the Men's and Women's division of the ABF Tour Chinese Taipei 2018 as Macau's Lee Tak Man and Chinese Taipei's Su Shu-Wen emerged as champions.

Chueng, who was fifth runner-up in yesterday's 18th Kaohsiung International Open, rolled the highest game of the tour in his opening round to defeat debutant, Callum Borck of Australia, 289-244.

The Hong Kong national bowler then sailed past Chinese Taipei's Liang Chuan-Tung, 245-215 to book his place in the semi-finals. Despite bringing home a good game against Kaohsiung Open first runner-up, Syaffique Ikhwan of Malaysia, Chueng went down 243-278 to take up third position.

Ernest Kwok narrowly lost to last year's tour champion, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand by just one pins, 255-256 to crash out. Kaohsiung Open second runner-up, James Lui was also eliminated by Chinese Taipei's Liang Chuan-Tung, 212-244 in the opening round.

Runners-up, Jimmy Cheung and Chan Shuk Han

Macau's Lee Tak Man, winner of the 2015 Thailand and 2013 Macau legs, ousted MIke Chan of Hong Kong, 224-210 in the opening round and then Atchariya, 246-233 in the second to advance to the semi-finals.

Lee brushed aside sole surviving Taiwanese spinner, Fang Chih-Nan, 267-214 in the semi before another superb 256-231 victory over the Malaysian in the final to capture his third tour title.

Lee's win added 75 tour ranking points to his 33 earned in Macau allowing him to qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions in second position with 108, behind tour leader and Hong Kong leg champion, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia.

In the women's division, last year's third runner-up, Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong again made the semi-finals after she beat Kaohsiung Open first runner-up, Lin Shih-Han of Chinese Taipei, 211-199 in Round 2 to make the semi-finals.

But Chan just could not get her momentum right from the start with an opened frame. She was narrowly beaten by Tsai Hsin-Yi, 224-243 to settle for fourth runner-up. 2017 2017 World Championships Trios bronze medallist, Su Shu-Wen of Chinese Taipei edged Tsai, 48-39 in the 9 and 10 frame tie-breaker to earn her first-ever tour title after locking at 233 in the all-Taiwanese final.

Su trashed compatriot and ABF Tour Thailand leg champion, Wang Ya-Ting, 266-234 in the all-Taiwanese semi-finals to reach the final. The champion edged newly-crowned Kaohsiung Open Women's champion, Julia Lam of Macau, 230-224 in Round 1.

Final leg champions, Lee Tak Man and Su Shu-Wen

Milki Ng made an early exit after losing to Tsai, 199-267 in the first round. Su's victory earned her 50 points and not 75 as there were only three countries in this leg but placed her in 13th position to make the top 16 for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions. Wang Ya-Ting added 32 points to her Thailand victory and topped the standings with 107 points.

Mr Wu Fu-Lung, President of Chinese Taipei Bowling Association was on hand to present the trophy and a prize of US$500 to the Men's champion. Mr Michael Seymour, Vice President of Asian Bowling Federation gave away the trophy and prize of US$500 to the Women's champion.

The first runners-up settled for US$300 each while the second and third runners-up of both divisions earned US$150 each. The ABF Tour Chinese Taipei 2018 was the fourth and final leg of this year's tour. 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 Kaohsiung.

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