KARACHI - Ijaz Ur Rehman staged one of the most memorable comebacks to book a place in the top 8 in the Second PTBF National Ranking Tenpin Bowling Championship 2013 currently underway at Arena Bowling Centre Sunday.
Top seed Ijaz was almost down and out after the first round and was on the brink of elimination as he was lying down in the bottom half after five games on the inaugural day of the professional category.
But Ijaz, who is country's number 1 bowler and had played numerous international events, showed his class by coming back into the event with superb display of bowling in the last round and finished 5th while Zafar Iqbal managed to maintain his first day lead and storms into final 8 by finishing at number 4 while six Islamabad bowlers were sent packing.
Second day started with local bowlers all over the top positions and only one Islamabad player Zafar was in the top 8. The biggest upsets of the event was witnessed when defending doubles champions M Hussain Chatha and Saleem Biag were crashed out at the very first hurdle. Both were doubles champions for the last 9-years.
While in the singles category, Aleem Agha form Karachi, who finished the day 1 comfortably in the top half, could not maintain his form and had to suffer a highly unlikely exit. Other big names including Ahmed Shaikhani, tournament organising committee head Kh Ahmed Mustaqeem, M Afzal, Malik Faisal, M Hussain Chatha, Inam Khan, Ata Muhammad and Saleem Baig were all shown the doors.
Second day also witnessed one record being broken thrice. First Aleem Agha smashed the record of scoring most pins in single game by scoring 234 pins. A relatively unknown Ali Suriya smashed the record by scoring 258 pins and was looked all set to clinch the highest individual prize of Rs 5000 but there were few surprises still in store. Mirza Asif broke his record by scoring 261 pins. Asif, who is an amateur player and was not even considered for the professional category, was just playing because it is mandatory to appear in all three formats, smashed the record in his 10th and last game.
Robert Shangara maintained his supremacy despite facing a very close call from a fresh player Ali Suriya, who almost snatched lead from Robert after playing some exceptional bowling. Robert entered the super 8 round with 1,904 pins in 10 games. Ali finished second with 1,883 pins, defending champion Shabbir Lashkarwala is on third spot with 1,859 pins, Zafar at number 4 with 1,838 pins, Ijaz is at number 5 with 1,816 pins, Arshad is at number 6 with 1,786 pins, Asif at number 7 while Farraj with 1,782 pins completed the quarterfinals line-up. The finals of singles, doubles, team events and media categories will be played today.
In the doubles category final four, Usman/ Shabbir finished on top with 1,164 pins, Farhan Maniya/Fazil Maniya are second with 1,132 pins, Ijaz /Zafar third with 1,049 pins and Owais/Farhan fourth with 1,010 pins. Abrar Rehmani, former bowler, was the chief guest on the occasion, he was introduced with the players.