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Canada’s Ryan Reid rolls the first perfecto of the 54th Bowling World Cup


Ryan Reid of Canada finished the second block of the men’s qualifying at the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with twelve consecutive strikes to roll the first 300 game of the tournament and to jump into third place in the overall standings at Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., USA, Wednesday.

Featured photo from left: Andres Gomez, Ryan Reid, Osku Palermaa and Kyle Troup.

The perfecto came under the eyes of Reid’s wife Lara and his five-and-a-half-months-old son Emmett (pictured left).

The perfect game was the 74th in tournament history and marked the 59th by a man and the sixth by a Canadian (3 each per gender) to tie USA for the most 300s by a country in the World Cup.

Overnight leader Kyle Troup (right), United States, whose victory in the Lucky Larsen Storm Masters in Sweden in September, counted as a World Bowling Tour and European Bowling Tour title as well as his third Professional Bowlers Association title, continued to lead the field of 81 bowlers from as many countries with 3760 pinfall total and an average of 235.00 for 16 games.

The right-hander added 1797 to the field-best 1963 first-round series to maintain a 104-pin lead over fellow two-hander Osku Palermaa (left) of Finland.

Palermaa, who won the World Cup in 2006, was fourth after the first block with 1837 and added the second-highest 1819 series today to leap two spots into second place with 3656 (228.50).

The five-time PBA champion had a very consistent block including six games between 204 and 232 and high games of 247 and 258.

Starting the day in sixth position, Reid (pictured right in the 10th frame of game 8) rolled games of 253, 242, 179, 202, 211, 184, 236 and 300 for 1807 to leap three spots and to finish the second qualifying day mere 30 pins behind Palermaa in third place with 3626 (226.62).

Andres Gomez (left) of Colombia and Yannaphon Larp-apharat (below right) of Thailand, who were tied for second after the first block, slipped to fourth and sixth place with 3598 and 3548, respectively.

Sandwiched between the two PBA champions was Sam Rose of England, who climbed from seventh to fifth with 3571, including a 1758 series Wednesday.

Another PBA member, Sam Cooley (left) of Australia leaped one spot into seventh place with 3542, while Asian Games gold medalist Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia fell from fifth to eighth with 3499.

Dhruv Sarda (right) of India used a pair of 260s for 1785 to jump from 17th to 9th place with 3493. Rounding out the top 10 was Norwegian youth bowler Jonas Dammen with 3489 (218.06 average). Dammen (below left) won the Norwegian National Championships to qualify for the World Cup.

Despite struggling in the last game (196), Marcelo Suartz of Brazil led the second round with 1830 and an average of 228.75 for eight games to tie Dammen at 3489. All ties but the tie for 24th place will be broken by the higher last game. A tie for the last place to advance will be broken in a one-ball roll-off.

Barry Foley (right) of Ireland came out of the gates with 782 (278, 225 and 279) but was unable to match the vigorous pace he maintained during the first three games and had to settle for 1751 and 3312 to leapfrog from 49th to 22nd place.

Hassan Alshaikh (left) of Saudi Arabia climbed from a tie for 36th place into 24th place and is the man “on the bubble” with 3292 or an average of 205.75.

All bowlers will return to the 56-laner inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall for the third eight-game block before the first cut. The 81 men will start at 8.30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) with the 68 women to follow at 2 p.m. At the end of the day, for 57 men and 44 women the tournament will be over.

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results from the first round all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, completed in the afternoon.

More details on the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, including the tournament schedule, can be found in our World Cup Preview.

All competitors at the 2018 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

In a change to last year, the top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the finals. No. 1 bowls no. 4 and no. 2 bowls no. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for the title.

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300 games (1) – Ryan Reid.

Herbert Bickel

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