AN ANKLE injury threatened to dash national youth bowler Anis Shazlin Zulkhisham’s hopes of registering a hat-trick in the annual Penang Close Bowling championship.
But through sheer grit, the 19 year-old managed to retain the Women’s Open singles crown for the third consecutive year.
At the two-day annual challenge at Classic Bowl, Bukit Jambul, Penang, she posted 2,087 pins to beat arch rival and national youth squad mate Nur Amirah Auni Azman by a comfortable 93 pins.
“Frankly, I thought victory here would be very difficult.
“I did not even dare set a target because my ankle injury put me out of action for the past month.
“But things began falling into place. Credit goes to my coach Randy Wong, who strongly urged me to compete no matter what.
“I am glad I heeded his advice,” she said.
Earlier, Anis had to finish second best against Nur Amirah Auni in the Girls Open challenge, losing by 49 pins when she scored only 1,491 pins.
It was double joy for promising bowling talent Megat Zaqrul Haiqal Megat Zairudin.
The 14-year-old lad from SMK Taman Inderawasih also picked up a hat-trick of titles when he defended his Boys’ Under-16 crown.
More cheer came later when he helped himself to the coveted Men’s Open crown too, beating Mohamad Faiz Shahruddin by a mere four pins with a score of 2,144 pins.
Beating a field of senior and experienced bowlers added to his excitement.
However, Megat Zaqrul Haiqal failed to make it to the top five in the Boys’ Open challenge.
The winner was Ahmad Aidil Abdul Halim with a score of 1,793 pins.