Sarda, Sabeena triumph

Dhruv Sarda of Delhi and Sabeena Saleem of Tamil Nadu emerged champions in the Bank of Maharashtra 24th National tenpin bowling championships which concluded at Blu-O bowling alley, Orion Mall, here on Thursday.

Dhruv  Sarda edged out team-mate Shaik Abdul Hameed by 23 pins (361-338) in a low-scoring final.

Hameed had made it to the final directly after finishing  on top after 32 games. He had a sedate start with three open frames in first five frames and Dhruv bowled steadily and got two double strikes and converted three difficult sleepers to finish the first game with 211 pins. Hameed scored four on the trot to finish with 183 in the first game.

Both players found it difficult to adjust in the second game played on Long oil Condition. Dhruv kept his cool and survived with 150 to Hameed’s 155 and clinched his first national title. Thus Dhruv emulated his dad H V Sarda who had won it in  1999, 2004 and 2009.

Sabeena defeated Karnataka’s Aishwarya Rao by 16 pins in the women’s final. The 18 year-old- Aishwarya matched the experienced Sabeena strike by strike and went into  the second game with a difference of just two pins  (215-213). It was Sabeena’s experience which made the difference in the second game (200-182) and she clinched her seventh National title.

Special prizes: Most Promising Player: Vivek P (Kar)
Highest score in single game: Men: Shabbir Dhankot (TN) and Dhruv Sarda (Del) 278 each; Women: Pavihra (Kar) 247. Maximum number of scores above 200: Men: Shaik Abdul Hameed (Del) 19; Women: Sabeena Saleem (TN) 6.

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