Tamil Nadu's Shabbir Dhankot scorched the StarCity Bowling Centre lanes with a whopping 1365 pin-falls in a block of six games, a new national record, to top the men's challenge on day one of the Aircel 23rd National tenpin bowling championship, here on Monday.

The earlier record stood in the name of Karnataka's Srinath Pobbathi at 1292 set last year. Shabbir, an Elite squad member, has an average of 227.50 after the first day's action in long oil conditions.

Another Elite squad member — Akaash Ashok Kumar of Karnataka — finished not too far away from Shabbir, with 1317 pin-falls for an average of 219.50 while Delhi's promising Dhruv Sarda was in third spot with an average of 211.00 after 1266 pin-falls.

Former National champion Shashi Kumar of Karnataka is lurking close behind in the fourth spot with an average of 198.00 (1191).

Akaash was in line to overtake Shabbir needing 229 in his final game, but he managed only 180. Shabbir was in fine form and had scores of 200-plus in all his six games with a second game of 267. He had scores of 204, 267, 204, 213, 254 and 223 to make up his tally of 1365 pin-falls.

Two more squads will be bowling later to complete the first day's action. — Special Correspondent

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