PENANG bowlers bounced back in the Milo Youth Cup Ranking Masters Bowling circuit last week after a deplorable start.
Perak had hogged the limelight at the end of the first leg challenge at the Ampang Super Bowl in Bukit Mertajam in February.
In the second leg at the Mega-lanes Bowling Centre in Seberang Prai, the Penang bowlers scorched the lanes to roll their way to three of the four top prizes at stake.
Penang’s top national junior Nur Amirah Auni Azman posted a score of 1,482 pins to finish sixth in the Girls Open Challenge.
At hand to keep the Penang flag flying were Aliff Imran Adi Nasution and Anis Shazlin, who emerged as the Boys and Girls Open champions of the second leg respectively.
Aliff, 20, managed a grand total of 1,643 pins and his superb effort enabled him to shrug aside by 14 pins the strong challenge posted by Mohamed Aiman Faris Mahidi of Perlis.
The Perlis lad, who is also 20, fell short after he managed only a score of 1,629 pins.
Two other Penang bowlers Eugene Oh Chern Yu and Kelvin Tan Chun Shin took the third and fourth spots after returning 1,585 pins and 1,576 pins respectively.
Anis, 16, beat her Kedah rival Nur Ameera Husna in a convincing fashion.
Anis posted a score of 1,704 pins and it was enough to oust the 17-year-old Nur Ameera by 59 pins as the latter managed to return only 1,645 pins.
Another Penang bowler Syazwani Anuar, 18, was placed third with a score of 1,528 pins.
The Under-12 champion Muhammad Hariz Adlan Azman was also from Penang.
Muhammad Hariz, 11, the youngest of the three Azman bowler siblings, rolled his way to a score of 1,172 pins to finish a clear 52 pins ahead of his closest rival Miqri Hadif Mustaffa.
Miqri Hadif, 12, from Perlis, returned a score of 1,120 pins to take second spot, while Penang’s Brandon Lau Tze How took the bronze on a score of 954 pins.
Kedah, however, were not to be denied their moment of glory. Displaying their dominance in the Under-16 category, they made it an all-Kedah affair by grabbing the top three spots.
Muhamad Syazirol Shamsudin, 14, was first with his score of 1,763 pins. This enabled him to beat his teammate Muhamad Haziq Mohamed Ridzuan by a massive 259 pins, after the latter managed to post a score of only 1,504 pins.
Imran Az-Zahari Zainon took the third spot, beating Penang’s Ong Siang Leing on a countback, after both had ended their challenge with identical 1,481 pins.
Meanwhile, the third leg challenge, which was initially scheduled to be held at the Ampang Super Bowl in Bukit Mertajam next month, has been switched to the Ole Ole Superbowl in Kulim on June 28.
Results: (2nd leg)
Boys: Open:1. Aliff Imran Adi Nasution (Pen) 1,643 pins; 2. Mohd Aiman Faris Mahidi (Perlis) 1,629 pins; 3. Eugene Oh Chern Yu (Pen) 1,585 pins; 4. Kelvin Tan Chun Shin (Pen) 1,576 pins; 5. Wan Zuhairi Izlan (Perlis) 1,520 pins.
Hi-Game: Aliff Imran Adi Nasution (Pen) 258 pins.
Under-16:1. Muhd Syazirol Shamsudin (Ked) 1,763pins; 2. Muhd Haziq Mohd Ridzuan (Ked) 1,504pins; 3. Imran Az-Zahari Zainon (Ked) 1,481 pins; 4. Ong Siang Leing (Pen) 1,481 pins; 5. Mohamed Al Iman (Pen) 1,471 pins.
Hi-Game: Muhd Syazirol Shamsudin (Ked) 257 pins
1. Muhd Hariz Adlan Azman (Pen) 1,172 pins; 2. Miqri Hadif Mustaffa (Perlis) 1,120 pins; 3. Brandon Lau Tze How (Pen) 954 pins; 4. Nurhani Yasmin Saad (Perlis) 918 pins; 5. Muhd Nur Hakimi (Pen) 912 pins.
Hi-Game: Miqri Hadif Mustaffa (Perlis) 246 pins.
Girls: Open: 1. Anis Shazlin (Pen) 1,704 pins; 2. Nur Ameera Husna (Ked) 1,645 pins; 3. Syazwani Anuar (Pen) 1,528 pins; 4. Nur’ain Mustaffa (Nse) 1,510 pins; 5. Mariah Mohd Arshad (Prk) 1,484 pins.
Hi-Game: Anis Shazlin (Pen) 265 pins.