Lewis rolls into record book

Matthew Lewis, 17, has tied the Canadian record for the highest triplicate with three games of 279 at Prime Time Bowling in Burlington.

In game one after two single pin spares, Lewis fired 10 strikes in a row for his first 279 game. In game two he started with nine strikes before another single pin spare and strike gave him 279 game number two. His 19 consecutive strikes were only four short of the Hamilton record of 23. In game three, Lewis started with a spare of three pins before stringing another nine strikes, then a single pin spare for his third 279.

Overall Lewis threw 29 strikes, three single pin spares and another spare of three pins. The Canadian record he tied is held by Mike Schmidt of Winnipeg and set in March 2006.

Lewis then tacked on a fourth game of 227 for a four game set of 1,064 which is a Canadian record for his age group. The previous high was set by another Hamilton bowler, Travis Cauley, with 1,019 in May 2005.

In his remarkable career, Lewis has a pair of perfect games as an adult and a 299 as a junior. His 837 triple is the third this season behind an 838 by his father Lionel, and an 835 by Shawn Anderson. Lionel has seven 300 games, three of which were dealt this season.

The 300 game total is up one more after Clint Doolittle notched a perfect game at Star Lanes en route to a 783 (236, 247, 300) triple. The 300 is his third with the others at Skyway Lanes and Ancaster Bowl. The ace is a record number 25 this season, two more than the previous high. Doolittle’s 300 is the sixth all time at Star with the others coming from Dan Curley, Jerry Martin, Len Garinger Jr., Mike Garinger and John Henley.

John Cherriere missed perfection by 10 pins with a 290 at Prime Time and stroked an 873 (161,186,290,236) set. Super singles are Dean Bondy, 279, Harry Knight, 268, Isidro Telo, 246, Debbie Luey, 244 and a 621 triple, Dan Anderson, 247 and a 634 triple, Dave Luey, 241, Bill Mowat, 231, Brock Creet, 226, and Matt Forrester, 213.

At Skyway Lanes, Nobby Herchenroder started with 244 and 254 for a 670 triple. In an unsanctioned league, Russ Wright smoked a 300 game and 801

(300, 257, 244) triple. He started with 20 straight strikes. In sanctioned play, Wright has a perfect 300 game and a 299 game. George Lambert IV has won $17,200 on the Pro Tour in the U.S. in 14 events. He stands 59th on the money list.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Before Bert Hillock rolled Hamilton’s first ever 700 in April 1953, he came close with 692 two months before. It was beaten by Andy Toth’s 704 (256, 244, 204) two years later.