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Bilal and Hannan early leaders in Dubai bowling

Dr Ahmad Saad Al Sharif, Secretary General of DSC making the first shot during the opening ceremony at the 3rd Dubai International Bowling Tournament on Saturday. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Basil Saeed Bilal and Samantha Hannan emerged early leaders at the end of the opening day in the Open and Under-23 categories of the 3rd Dubai International Bowling Tournament that got under way at the Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Mamzar on Saturday night.

In the Open category, Bilal used his superior experience to roll series of 622, 621 and 638 for an average of 209, way ahead of the UAE-based Filipino Roland Detaro who had series of 595, 644 and 586 for an average of 202.78. The UAE’s Fahad Falah was in third with rolls of 561, 661 and 599 for an average of 202.33.

In the Under-23 competition that is open to both boys and girls, Great Britain’s Samantha Hannan upstaged the boys with series of 568, 537 and 712 for an average of 201.89. She was followed by the UAE’s Ali Atiq Al Rashidi and Mohammad Ahmad Yousuf Jaber in second and third respectively.

The competition will continue daily in two sessions with the final of the Open category scheduled for February 25.

Earlier, Dr. Ahmad Saad Al Sharif, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council (DSC) rolled the first ball to throw open this edition of the tournament in the presence of Mohammad Al Khaja, Vice-President, UAE Bowling Association, Hamad Al Lootah from the sponsors, Khalid Bin Zayed, member of board of the DSC and head of the organising committee Rashid Al Lootah.

There is a total prize fund of Dh300,000 for both categories besides the event being a ranking tournament on the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) calendar towards the World Ranking Masters Final organised by the World Ten-Pin Bowling Association (WTPBA).

The tournament is sponsored by SuperPrice Rent A Car, Mars Digital Printing, FrenchBakery, Grand Service Station, La Marquise Coffee and Grand Capital.