Hong Kong snooker player Chan Wai-tat last night clinched a nailbiting down-to-the-wire victory in the Asian Games team snooker final to wind up one the most successful international sporting days the SAR has ever enjoyed. Chan fought back from 5-4 down in his decisive rubber to beat Thailand's Noppachorn Noppadon 6-5. Chan's win brought Hong Kong's gold medal tally so far to three, with one silver and seven bronze and pulled them into a remarkable 10th position overall in the medal standings, ahead of such highly populous countries as Indonesia, Pakistan and India. Earlier, a fairytale performance from Sunny Hui Cheung-kwok saw the Hong Kong tenpin bowler sweep majestically to the territory's second gold medal with a crushing win in the men's masters grand final. Hui, unheralded and largely not expected to get anywhere near the medal positions before the event, turned in a once-in-a-lifetime effort to defeat Taiwan's Wu Fu-lung by 459 pins to 386. 'It's been a dream. Just amazing,' said a beaming Hui after his extraordinary showing in the final at the Bangkapi Bowling Centre. 'For about a month before the Asian Games I couldn't sleep at all. I always thought I had a chance but I don't think I thought I would be able to play like that,' the 36-year-old said. 'I'm just so happy to win a gold medal for Hong Kong,' Hui added. 'I played well at the start but it just got better and better,' said Hui, who is a full-time tenpin bowler. From the moment Hui sent his first set of tenpins crashing into the gutter for his first strike of the game, it seemed that something special might well be in the offing as his opponent struggled in vain to find his touch. 'I made some big strikes and he didn't make enough. That was the biggest difference,' said Hui, who will now be $500,000 better off thanks to the gold medal incentive scheme being offered to Hong Kong's athletes by the Government. Throughout the match, Hui exchanged a series of high-fives with Hong Kong's American coach Purvis Granger, and when the Hong Kong man finished with three consecutive strikes, wild scenes broke out near the players' area. 'It was just great to be part of this today,' said Granger afterwards. 'I'm so happy for him. It's been a great day for Hong Kong and Hong Kong bowling,' he added. Hui's win was Hong Kong's first bowling gold of the Asian Games since Cat Che won the women's singles in Seoul in 1986. But perhaps what made Hui's performance all the more remarkable was his career history before this event, which was expected to be dominated by Taiwan's strong team. In the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima he finished in fifth place but, although he won the 23rd Hong Kong International Open last year, he was not expected to better his performance of four years ago when he arrived in Bangkok. Even Vivien Fung, the Hong Kong Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee official who is also head of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Association, admitted Hui's win was a bolt out of the blue. An excellent performance on Sunday by Hui had hinted at what might be around the corner for the Hong Kong man, who is the only bowler in the SAR who uses the unorthodox spinning technique. He had finished his first 10 matches of the final with 1,824 pins to lead Wu and Lin Han-chen, also from Taiwan. After his remaining 10 matches of the preliminary stage he had slipped to second place, trailing Wu by 99 pins. That left him needing to beat third-placed Lin to win the right to face Wu for the gold medal and when Lin was despatched, Hui was into the gold medal reckoning. The rollercoaster ride ended with his near flawless performance in the final.