Penny reveals heartbreak at missed 300
KIRSTEN Penny has revealed her disappointment at narrowly missing out on a perfect 300 game at the 2008 PartyCasino.com World Tenpin Masters.
Penny had a chance to claim a place in the history books by becoming the first woman to achieve the rare feat during her quarter-final with Chris Barnes.
However, two pins were left standing from her last ball of the second game at the Barnsley Metrodome.
To make things worse for Penny her total score of 546 still was not enough to win the match as Barnes recorded 569, the highest aggregate in the history of the Masters.
"I'm more disappointed at not shooting 300 than losing," said Penny. "I thought it was quite a good shot, but a little bit harder than the rest and it sailed by.
"I was a little bit nervous but that's only natural in that situation.
"This is quite a big arena and to have a 300 on television would have been very special, very rare and very nice.
"There's no shame in losing to the number one bowler in the world. I played pretty well so I'm pleased with my performance and I didn't embarrass myself in any way.
"Unfortunately, I was 40 pins down after the first game and he never looked like missing. He is a machine.
"When you're in trouble you're wishing for your opponent to miss. Normally you're concentrating on your game but when you're already at 100 per cent there's nothing you can do. You need a way in and unfortunately he didn't give me one."
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