February 21, 2007 19:00
One pin was all that kept Andrew Cain from his first career 300 as a PBA member. Cain will gladly take his lead in the first block of the Round of 64 in the 2007 Bayer Classic at Emerson Lanes, however, over his first perfect game.
Cain’s 299 in his final game of the first block gave him a 1,827 seven-game pinfall and the lead in between Thursday’s two blocks. Cain opened the block with a 279 before slipping down to a 215 in his fourth game. He rebounded in his final three games, topping the 275 mark in each.
“It feels pretty good to be leading. I’ll be honest, I was thinking about the 300. I still haven’t bowled a PBA 300 yet so I was looking toward that,” said Cain (Scottsdale, Ariz.) “Things matched up pretty well. I used a different ball than yesterday (in the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round). Fortunately the lanes matched well and I was able to stay in my zone. I made some good shots and the lanes were high scoring, but I felt like I bowled well.”
Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.) is second after firing the day’s fifth 300 game in his final game of block to give him 1,741.
In third is Chris Hayden (Orlando, Fla.) with 1,734, who threw a 300 in his fifth game and was the leader heading into the seventh game before posting a 190 in his final game.
Norm Duke, who bowled his first full seven-game block since the 2006 Columbia 300 Classic due to a toe injury, is in fourth with 1,727.
All 64 bowlers return Thursday evening for another seven games at 6 p.m. EST. The top 32 will advance to Friday’s single-elimination match play beginning at 9 a.m.
The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 12:30 p.m. EST at Emerson Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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