TWO top bowlers from the Western Division bowed out of the Raj Charan National Bowling Singles Championship at the Suva Bowling Club yesterday.
David Aitcheson and Shorab Khan were strong contenders for the title left vacant by defending champion Eminoni Turagabeci who did not compete because of injury.
Fiji Bowling Association secretary Abdul Kalim said the two found it hard to compete at the greens in Suva.
"They both lost all three of their games today (yesterday) so they are out of the top 16 tomorrow (today)," he said.
"They are both from Nadi and their greens are running fast but the greens here in Suva were heavy so they found it hard to compete in it. David (Aitcheson) lost to some new bowlers and that just shows the level of competition at the event."
A record 42 bowlers entered the event which is considered to be the pinnacle of the sport in the country.
"We have 30 women competing in the Ladies competition which is sponsored by Cooks United.
"The level of competition between the bowlers is very high. Other strong contenders like Arun Kumar, Semesa Naiseruvati, Samuela Tui, Dan Lum On and I are through to the last 16.
"While in the ladies competition, there was no major upset and defending champion Litia Tikoisuva looks strong to defend her title for a second year in a row."
The last 16 eliminations begin at 8.30am today while the final is expected to be played at 3pm.