Shabbir Dhankot of TamilNadu & Anukriti Bishnoi of Haryana won National titles at the Uniply 28th National Tenpin Bowling Championships, which concluded at Amoeba, Church Street, Bangalore.
In Men’s category, Shabbir Dhankot (TN) won his 3rd National title defeating top-seed Akaash Ashok Kumar of Karnataka (486 – 474) by 12 pins. In the Women’s category top-seed Anukriti Bishnoi (HAR) won her First National Title defeating Defending Champion Sumathi Nallabantu of Telangana (460 –360) by 100 pins.
Earlier in the day, in the stepladder round, played based on cumulative pinfall of two games, in Match 1 of Men’s category, 3rd placed S A Hameed (DEL) lost to 4th placed Shabbir Dhankot (TN) (475 – 444) by 31 pins.
In Match 2, Shabbir Dhankot (TN) beat Defending Champion Dhruv Sarda (DEL) (486 – 460) by 26 pins. Shabbir was trailing by 14 pins at the end of Game 1, scored 3 strikes in a row to end Game 2 with a score of 264 as against 224 of Dhruv and moved to Finals.
In Match 1 of the stepladder round of Women’s category, 2nd placed Sumathi Nallabantu of Telangana comfortably beat 3rd placed Anuradha Sarda (462 - 399) by 63 pins to move to finals against Anukriti of Haryana.
In the Men’s category, Akaash Ashok Kumar of Karnataka (6735 pinfall & 210.447 average) finished at the top position after 32 games, followed by Dhruv Sarda of Delhi (6630 pinfall & 207.19 average), S A Hameed of Delhi (6568 pinfall & 205.25 average) & Shabbir Dhankot of TamilNadu (6347 pinfall & 198.34 average) in 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively and qualified for the stepladder round earlier. In Women’s category Anukriti Bishnoi (HAR) finished at the top spot (3478 pins at 173.90 average) after 20 games after Round 2, followed by Sumathi Nallabantu of Telangana (3455 pinfall & 172.75 average) & Anuradha Sarda of Delhi (3388 pinfall and 169.40 average) at 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Special Prizes: Most Promising Player: Salman Khan (KAR) Maximum number of scores above 225 (Men’s category): Dhruv Sarda (DEL) - 10 Maximum number of scores above 200 (Women’s category): Sabeena Athica (TN) – 3 Highest Block of 6 Games (Men’s category) – Akaash Ashok Kumar (KAR) - 1401 Highest Block of 6 Games (Women’s category) – Anuradha Sarda (DEL) - 1083