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Englishman Barrett wins No. 1 qualifying spot for PBA World Championship

Dom Barrett of England won five of his final eight matches Thursday at South Point Bowling Center to clinch the No. 1 qualifying position for the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship stepladder finals.

The 28-year-old Barrett, who won his only PBA Tour title in 2011, averaged 236.40 over 52 games of World Series qualifying and match play to finish with a 12,713 pinfall total. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., the reigning PBA Player of the Year, was second with 12,544 pins.

Completing the field for the stepladder finals were Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, with 12,304 pins, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., with 12,247 and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., with 12,243.

The World Championship was the fifth and final event in the PBA World Series of Bowling V. The ESPN stepladder finals will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at South Point, with the winner taking home $50,000. ESPN will televise the finals at 10 a.m. PT on Dec. 29.

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