Play in the Lithgow City Men’s Bowling Clubs major singles championship is advancing well, thanks to the co-operation of the competitors.
All games in the first round have now been finalised, the only outstanding result coming through a forfeit for Jim Bannerman over Jacob McAndrew.
A further six games have been completed over the last week or so, the tightest result going to 2017 minor singles champion Bob Kiernan who recorded a 31-30 win over Peter Rutherford in a game that went to 38 ends.
The ìgongî for the marathon match up of the title hunt went to that between Ian Townsend and Athol Roach.
It took 41 ends before Townsend sealed with 31-27 win with four shots after the scores had been locked up at 27-all.
Ian Birk is proving to be a good acquisition after moving from Lightning Ridge a couple of years ago.
He further enhanced his reputation with a 31-24 win over another minor singles champion, Garry Sutherland.
Jeff Madden kept his chase for a third consecutive singles title on line when he disposed of Don Kipp who had put up some early resistance before fading over the closing ends, Madden running out a 31-16 winner.
Warren Kennedy joined fellow director Athol Roach on the sidelines when Joe Banasiak needed only 20 ends to put Kennedy to the sword 31-16.
The last match from the weeks hunt saw Gil Mendoza put in a commanding performance to run out a 31-20 winner over Kerry Clarke.
Sub-body treasurer Jim Bannerman is busy putting together the final conditions of play for a visit from one of the stateís most promising bowlers, 17-year-old Johno Davis.
Davis has swept all before him as he came through the junior ranks, while also making a name for himself with a number of titles at club, Zone and state level while playing for his Dubbo club.
More details on the February 23 challenge event will be published when conditions of play are finalised.
There was a full program of social bowls over the last week, starting with the Wednesday men’s event which was won by Kim Alexander and Col Quince with very good score of 15+10, runners up being Stan Campbell, Greg Hilliard and Ron Thomson with 14+12.
The popular Thursday men’s twilights saw the top prize going to Scott Vanderdraay and Darrell Campbell with 10+9, the runners up being Ron Simmons and Graham Pitt with 9+4.
It was an interesting afternoon’s play.