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Bowls aim to win again

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, March 14, 2014

THE Abdul Kalim-skippered Fiji team is keen to repeat its heroics of 2010 at the Tiger Bowls Championship in Hong Kong this weekend.

The national side created history by winning the tournament four years ago.

Kalim and Lal of Suva are the surviving members of the victorious team.

They have been joined by Santok Singh of Nadi and Iliaz Khan of Ba on this trip.

Kalim said they were confident of a good outing.

"We will need to acclimatise to the conditions early," he said.

"The team bonding has been good. Both Iliaz and Santok have been playing with me and Ratish regularly.

"We were together in the Western Pennants last year and know each other's pattern.

"The aim is to win. But the competition will be tough because there is big prize money involved.

"We are not aware of the draws but will get a day to practise before the tournament starts."

After the Tiger Bowls Championship, the team will head to Zhengzhou for the 5th China Open which will be played from March 17 to March 21.

Kalim said the China Open would be more difficult.

"The China Open will be a different ball game for us because it will be played on a synthetic surface.

"Ratish is the only player in the team who has played on it.

"So we will be banking on him to guide us. Conditions in China will be more difficult because the temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees which is really cold for us."

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