5th November, Kuwait: Debutant, Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Mo., snatched a narrow second round victory of the WBT-PBA 13th Kuwait International Open ahead of fellow-pro and Round One winner, Tommy Jones with Canada's Mitch Hupe in third.
2018 U.S. Open and 2016 World Bowling Tour finals champion, Dominic Barrett of England got off to a flying start with the tournament's 23rd perfect game in his opener to lead Martin Larsen of Sweden and Saudi youth, Khalid Albayudh sharing second spot with 278.
Barrett, the 33-year-old three-time World Bowlers' Writers Bowler of the Year managed only 254, considered an average game in the current WB scoring format, remained in the lead. Larsen added a higher 265 to narrow the gap to 11 pins.
Despite posting another not so strong game of 247 in the third, Barrett managed to hold on to the lead. Larsen continued to trail in second as Round One runner-up Amercian, AJ Johnson gradually moved up the field to take up third.
Larsen took over the running after knocking down 268 in the fourth game as Barrett continued to slide down the field with another uninspiring game of 244. Miller shot two big games of 267 and 289 to leapfrog into second spot, 7 pins from the Swede.
Miller snatched the win with 1326 after another strong game of 268 in the final game. Jones turned in another superb performace after storming home with 265 and 289 in his last two games to claim second position with 1320.
Hupe, who finished third in the earlier round, again ended the round in third with 1310 after ending with two big games of 267 and 277. Larsen and the recovering Barrett completed the top 5 with 1297 and 1288 respectively.
Ildemaro Ruiz of Venzuela and Johnson took up sixth and seventh positions with 1275 and 1266 while 20th perfect gamer, Osku Palermaa of Finland squeezed into the next round again in eighth position with 1265 as he did in the earlier round.
2019 Asian Championships Trios silver medallist, Khalid Aldubyyan of Kuwait missed the cut by 15 pins finishing ninth with 1250. Greg Young of USA rounded out the top 10 with 1245. Maria Rodriguez of Colombia and Liz Johnson of USA will advance to the Ladies' Stepladder finals despite not progressing to the next round along with Sweden's Anna Andersson and the seventh-seeded qualifier, Danielle McEwan of USA as topseed.
Andersson will meet Johnson in the first Ladies' stepladder match tomorrow. The winner will face second-seed Rodriguez in the second match. The winner of the second match will square off with McEwan in the title match over one game.
The top 8 from Round 2 will advance to Round 3 finals, joined by the top 8 seeded qualifiers from the general standings for another 5 games. The top 5 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the round will proceed to the TV Shootout finals. Fourth and fifth-seed will kick off the first match. The winner will meet the third-seed for the second match.
Winner of the second TV match will face the second-seed for the third match and the winner will then square off with the topseed over the beat-twice title match to be crowned the champion and pocketing the top prize of a whopping US$50,000.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.