PENANG’s bowling boys stood up and were counted but the absence of the top girls put a dent in the state’s campaign in the Youth Cup Milo Ranking Masters championship.
With national youth bowlers Nur Amirah Auni Azman and Anis Shazlin Zulkisham absent from the girls’ team, the other girls struggled and left the tournament with no titles.
The boys, however, valiantly held the fort at the one-day third-leg challenge at Mega Bowling Centre in Seberang Prai recently.
The boys maintained Penang’s dominance by picking up three titles.
And it was the youngest of the Azman siblings, Muhammad Hariz Adlan, who showed the way.
The 14-year-old, as if deter-mined to make up for his elder sister Nur Amiran’s absence, came up tops in the Boys’ Open.
He helped himself to the high score as well, striking down 232 pins in the seventh frame and posted a total of 1,610 pins.
His efforts held off challenger and teammate Mohd Danial Rusydi, who returned a score of 1,570 pins.
Kedah's Muhammad Haziq Mohd Ridzuan was placed third with a total of 1,552 pins.
Another Penang upstart Megat Zaqrul Haiqal showed consistency in his campaign in the Boy's Under-16 challenge, bagging the state’s second crown.
The 14-year-old lad garnered 1,707 points to pick up his second consecutive Boys Under-16 crown in three legs.
Ten-year-old Muhammad Hariz Darwisy posted 1,118 pins to grab the honours in the Under-12 mixed category.
With three out of five titles taken, the Penang bowlers were sitting pretty.
But Negri Sembilan’s Nur'ain Mustaffa exploited the glaring absence of Nur Amirah and Anis Shazlin to come up tops in the Girl's Open category with a score of 1,537 pins.
Kedah's Siti Nurmizana was second with 1,400 pins.
Penang had to settle for third spot through Nurul Nadia Mohamad Yacob with 1,391 pins.
The Penang girls also failed to capture the Under-16 title which went to Perak player Nur Alya Safiyya.
She won comfortably with 1,564 pins.
This was a massive margin of 114 pins against second-placed Anis Hidarah Anuar of Penang, who achieved 1,450 pins.
Dhia Batrisyia Mohd Ridzuan of Kedah was third with 1,446 pins.