A DISASTROUS second block ended Malaysia's hope of a medal in the girls' team and all-events at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok yesterday.
The quartet of Sin Li Jane, Hee Kar Yen, Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana and Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, who were in medal contention at fourth position overnight, turned in a frustrating display as they struggled to overcame the difficult lane variations.
Malaysia dropped one rung to fifth on 4,698, 102 pins behind fourth-placed United States.
Defending champions South Korea topped the standings on 5,031 followed by Singapore (4,877) and England (4,818).
Jacqueline also dropped two rungs to fourth in the all-events, which subsequently ended her hopes of a medal.
She garnered an 18-game total of 3,746 pinfalls, averaging 208.11.
She, together with compatriots Kar Yen (sixth -- 3,704) and Dayang (seventh -- 3,692). however, have qualified for the Masters round.
Korea's Hwang Yeon Ju won the all-events gold on 3,871 while compatriot Kim Seon Jeong picked up the bronze with 3,755, behind Singapore's silver medallist New Hui Fen (3,757).
Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng said the bowlers played below par yesterday.
"It was very frustrating as everything they tried failed. They also struggled to record strikes consistently," said Ban Cheng in Bangkok yesterday.
"We hope our three bowlers will bounce back in the masters. I believe a medal is within striking distance."
The tournament continues today with the boys' and girls' team semi-finals and final.