Brunei cueist Muhd Azim falls short in Sarawak Open

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s cueist Muhammad Azim bin Haji Abu Bakar’s deep run in the Sarawak Open 9 Ball Championship came to an end after he was defeated 10-5 by Malaysia’s Daryl Chia in the semi-final at the Krokop Snooker Centre in Miri, Sarawak yesterday.

The Bruneian was in fine company with two Southeast Asian (SEA) Games players Muhd Almie bin Muhamad Yakup and his opponent Daryl in the final four as well as Borneo Open semi-finalist Tan Denjie.

Muhammad Azim was the last Bruneian standing in the competition having joined compatriots Ahmad Taufiq Murni and Haji Md Haikal Qarin bin Haji Haironi Hamizin in the top 16.

The Bruneian cueist entered the loser’s bracket after he was edged 7-6 in the double elimination preliminary round by David Lau but secured his place in the top 16 when he secured three straight victories.

Muhammad Azim also enjoyed a fine victory over SEA Games player Kok Jken Yung in the last 16 to book his place in the quarters where he breezed past Scott 9-1.

The Bruneian cueist produced another solid outing in the regional scene having previously finished in the top eight in the Borneo Open 10-Ball Pool Championship at Sheffield Snooker and Billiards Training Centre in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu earlier this year.

During the other semi-final, Tan had earlier beaten Muhd Almie 10-6 in an all-Malaysian affair to join Daryl in the title decider.

The tournament was organised by the Sarawak Billiards and Snooker Sports Federation.

Muhammad Azim bin Haji Abu Bakar (R) receives his prize. PHOTO: DAVID’S POOL