With the exception of one event, bowls at the Lithgow City Bowling Club have been nearly non-existent. Rain and cold weather have been the deterrent for all but the Queen’s Birthday mixed bowls on Monday which attracted a good field of 42 bowlers.
The scheduled events for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday were washed out while the cold weather on Sunday deterred all but the hardiest of bowlers when a game in the club’s winter handicap pairs championship was contested.
In a game played before the play or forfeit rule is invoked this coming weekend Kerry Clarke and Ritchie Bilby overcame the two shots start they had to give to Kevin Shorney and Ian Northey to finally run out easy 21-11 winners.
The win was set up by a run of seven consecutive scores for Clarke and Bilby to hold an 18-5 lead after being down 5-3 on the fourth end. Mild conditions on Monday attracted the men and women out with seven rinks of triples selected.
Dave Robson, Cheryl Wotton and Gloria Clarke made a statement to the rest of the bowlers when they scored a clear win of 16+21 to finish well ahead of Ian Birk, Kerrie Bernard and Kevin Hailstone who returned to the clubhouse with 13+19 for second prize money. Wotton played superb bowls to continually change the nature of head, often converting shots against into shots for to make it easier for skip Robson.
It was a close call for this trio when Fay King, Brian Norris and Ken Bernard applied the pressure to finish with 13+6. It was only a lapse on the last end when King and Co dropped two shots that prevented them from finishing with second prize money.
The match committee has imposed a play or forfeit on the winter handicap pairs with the first and second rounds being set down for Saturday and Sunday.
Established in 1919, Club Lithgow is home of the Lithgow City Bowling Club and provides the local area and it’s visitors with club activities, fine dinning and entertainment and has done so for many years. For more information about Lithgow Bowling visit www.clublithgow.com.au