SUBANG JAYA: Youth bowler Mohd Nadri Mohd Nor won a place in the national bowling team and a Honda Civic car, to boot.
Yesterday, the 17-year-old Nadri finished third after 32 games at the end of the two-day national selection roll-off at the Ampang Superbowl at the Summit in USJ here.
And for his success in breaking into the senior squad, his mother Poziah Atan has promised him the car.
This is certainly a great day for me. My mother had promised to give me a car as an incentive if I could make it into the national team. I am glad I made it, said Nadri, who will be sitting for his driving test on March 17.
Only the top three men and top three women bowlers were assured of places in the national team after the roll-off.
The others will be named based on their past performances, subject to the approval of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congree (MTBC) selection committee.
The final squads will probably be named before the Malaysian Open from March 17-29.
Nadri was the only youth bowler to get a place in the national team, as seasoned campaigners dominated the two-day trial.
Azidi Ameran was the runaway leader with 6,741 pins while Ben Heng was second on 6,674.
In the women's division, Azidi's girlfriend Shalin Zulkilfi proved to be unbeatable when she finished top with a total 6,765 pinfalls.
She stayed 145 pins ahead of Choy Poh Lai and 281 pins in front of Sharon Chai.
Nadri, the doubles Malaysia Games gold medallist, said he had been really determined to do well in the roll-off.
Prior to this, I went to gymnasium frequently to improve my physical condition, said the hook bowler who has been in the youth squad for the last four years, he said.
I bowled badly yesterday (Friday) and had several low games. But today, I managed to recover and adapt well to the changes well.
I was certainly lucky to make it because it was a very tough men's field.
Nadri now aims to do well in the Malaysian Open and the Asian Schools Championships in Penang from April 2-7.
I have taken part in the Malaysian Open for the last three years and I plan to put up a good show.
I did badly in the last Asian School but I aim to win gold medal for the country this time. I am certainly more motivated now, he said.
Yesterday, Nadri even knocked down a high 279 pins in the 24th game to finish third with a total score of 6,610 pinfalls over 32 games.
The 32 games were played over two days, with 16 games each, at the Pyramid Mega Lanes (on Friday) and the Ampang Superbowl yesterday.
After 32 games
Men: 1. Azidi Ameran 6741, 2. Ben Heng 6674, 3. Mohd Nadzri Mohd Nor 6610, 4. Daniel Lim 6543, 5. Mohd Taufik (Sab) 6385, 6. Mohd Noer (Sab) 6378, 7. Alex Liew 6318, 8. Aaron Kong (Pen) 6312, 9. Khor Wei Tak (Pen) 6293, 10. Mustaffa Yassin 6285.
Women: 1. Shalin Zulkifli 6785, 2. Choy Poh Lai 6620, 3. Sharon Chai 6484, 4. Sarah Yap 6451, 5. Wendy Chai 6408, 6. Lai Kin Ngoh 6353, 7. Tang Joh Six 6275, 8. Zandra Aziela 6202, 9. Vivien Khoo 6148, 10. Yazliza Razlan 6027.