ISLAMABAD - Daniyal Shah of Karachi was the huge surprise package on the first day of the 9th National Tenpin Bowling Championship as he was leading the professional masters category after four games.

He scored 160 pins in the first frame, 188 in the second, 182 in third and 192 in the last frame with the average of 180.5 pins as first round was completed late Wednesday night at Leisure City Bowling Club Safa Gold Mall.

Some 24 top professional bowlers of the country are vying for top honours with 16 players to qualify for the main round after Thursday’s last four games and eight players would exit at the very first hurdle. Former national champion Muhammad Hussain Chatta of Islamabad was occupying second spot with 147, 181, 194, and 194 scores and the total average of 179 while young sensation, Sardar Ahmar Abbas Saldera of Karachi, who is current top junior player and fast emerging as main threat to all the seniors, finished third with 176, 177, 174, and 182 scores and an average of 177.3.

The national championship has attracted around 200 players in four different categories, which include deaf, masters singles, amateur and media. Top 24 professional bowlers including two-time national champion Ijaz Ur Rehman, who is the only bowler to win the mega event twice, was way behind in the pack as he suffered wrist injury and his chances of adding another title looked highly grim. Islamabad’s main hopes of doing well would rest mainly on the shoulders of Zafar, former national champion, M Hussain Chatha and Afzal Akhtar. Karachi bowlers had golden opportunity of returning home with silverware, as they had entered the event with 12 bowlers and had the likes of Ali Surya, Khawaja Ahmed Mustaqeem, Ahmer Abbas and Fazil Mania.