Last week, the Malaysian team topped the Tri-Nations Snooker Invitational Championship at the Singapore Cuesports Academy.
The tournament which was played over four singles and one doubles, displayed a capable and energetic field of players, which included men’s singles champion of KL Sea Games, Sithideth Sakbieng of Laos and Singaporeans Chang Keng Kwang Bernard Tay.
Mohd Reza Hassan, Moh Keen Hoo, and youngster Lim Kok Leong represented Malaysia. For the opening match against Laos, Keen Hoo made it easy for his contender, Minalavong Suriya, winning 3-0.
Sithideth was able to pull one back for Laos when he saw off Kok Leong 2-1; however, Reza balanced the ship for Malaysia with a win by 2-1 over Pautthabandit, hammering in a century break of 104.
However, Reza failed to rerun his delivery, as he lost by 2-1 in the fourth singles tie. In the conclusive match, the IBSF World Championships, alliance of Keen Hoo and Kok Leong gained the winner for Malaysia when they sweep to a 3-0 win over Sithideth-Suriya.
During the second tie, Singapore hardly gave any fight as they went down tamely 4-1 to Laos. For the final tie against Singapore, Keen Hoo drew winning situation for Malaysia, by defeating a newcomer, Jaden Ong by 2-1.
The host country, however, regularized the score through expert campaigner, Marvin Lim who defeated Kok Leong by 2-1. Reza, then took to the table, and outplayed Bernard by 2-1; before Keen Hoo-Kok Leong once again defeated their opponents Keng Kwang-Bernard 3-0 in order to get a 4-1 win.