June 21, 2018
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Nova Scotia team beats Maine-Massachusetts bowlers for world candlepin title

By Wayne Hand Jr., Special to the BDN

BREWER, Maine — Fairlanes A+ Pelham of Halifax, Nova Scotia, beat defending champ USA East 1,986-1,807 to win the World Team Candlepin Bowling title at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes Saturday.

It’s the third championship for Fairlines, which earned $10,000 and become the 28th champion of the annual tournament which began in 1985.

USA East, a group of Maine and Massachusetts bowlers, received $5,000.

Fairlanes had a tournament high-team total of 1,986 during the final match. Fairlanes’ score included three-string totals of 429 by Matt Harnett, 428 by John Harrietha, and Gerry Dunn’s 398, all of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

USA East was paced by Bucksport’s Shawn Morrison and Maine native Nate Nealey, with 380 and 371, respectively.

USA received a bye into the semifinal by finishing the round robin match play as the first-place team in their division. They encountered New Brunswick’s Cambellton Lions in the semifinal and were victorious 1,852-1,722.

USA East was led by Nealey’s 393 series (144-116-133) and Massachusetts bowler Brian Mayer’s 391 (131-137-123). Campbellton took home $2,500 for third place.

In the other semifinal, the top seed from the 12-team Pepsi division, Fairlanes A+ Pelham defeated Lucky Strike of Massachusetts 1,873-1,856.

After the first string of the match, Lucky Strike was leading by 39 pins, only to fall behind the final two games and come up 17 pins short. They were led by Chris Boisvert’s 422 series (148-143-131), while Fairlanes’ Matt McPhee paced his team with a 416 series (119-147-150). Lucky Strike also received $2,500 for finishing third.

The morning began with a quarterfinal match between two Massachusetts teams, Lucky Strike and Extreme TNT. Lucky Strike defeated Extreme TNT in an extremely close match. Lucky Strike only had a 13-pin lead after the first game and gave 11 more pins back in the second, before pulling it out in the last couple of boxes by 11 pins.

Shawn Baker of Lynn, Mass., led Lucky Strike with a 420 series.

The other quarterfinal paired two Canadian teams, MacLaughlin Truck & Trailer of Nova Scotia and Campbellton Lions of New Brunswick. MacLaughlin’s is a six-time champion of this event, but that didn’t deter the Lions as they easily won the match, 1,927-1,705, led by Daniel Basque’s tournament high 455 set and Brian Bernatchez’ 407.

Fairlanes A+ Pelham will try to defend their championship next year when the event is held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in November.

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