Bowlers battle it out in hot conditions

All matches set down for play on Saturday were completed in very hot conditions but thankfully no wind.

Kim Weston and Mark Buckley got off to a good start in their match with Wayne Lodge and Mel Storta when they held an early 7-3 lead. Unfortunately their joy was short lived as Wayne and Mel found the range and by end 15 were in front 19-10.

Just to rub salt into the wound Wayne and Mel scored seven shots on end 16 and went on to win 29-14.

Steven Seears and Garry Taylor had a battle with Mario Frezza and Guilio D'Amico to be seven each after eight ends.

At that point Steven and Garry played some good bowls in winning seven of the next eight ends and finally claimed victory 19-11.

Peter Marsicano and Ross Russell trailed Robbie Roberson and Jason Thompson 3-8 but four shots on end seven brought them on even terms and from that point on were in command setting up a 31-10 lead by end 17.

Robbie and Jason scored 10 shots to nil over the last four ends but ere unable to make up the deficit to go down 18-31.

Ron Wainwright and Denis Steinfort could not do anything wrong over the first 12 ends in their match with Brian Seears and Paul Cannell to lead 15-6. Paul and Brian outscored their opponents over the closing stages but were unable to recover from their early setback for Ron and Denis to win 20-16. In the final Saturday game, Allan Crowe and Bob Lahy recovered from an early set back in their match with Steve Lapham and Richard Nichols to hit the front 12-10 by end 14, with that lead being held till end 19 when Steve and Richard scored a five to go ahead and just managed to hold on 19-17.

There were no social bowlers on Saturday. No doubt the hot weather was the main deterrent.

Sunday's matches in major pairs started early by general agreement to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Geoff Venables and Gordon Cox conceded only four one shot ends to Steve Seears and Garry Taylor and had a lead of 18-4 after 13 ends. Geoff and Gordon continued to dominate and with a score in their favour 25-10 the final end was not played.

Peter Marsicano and Ross Russell were equally impressive in their match with Steve Lapham and Richard Nichols when end 13 saw them in front 21-7. With a lead of 28-11 to Peter and Ross the last two ends were not played.

The final match was expected to be a real battle with all four players being formers winners of the club singles.

Wayne Lodge and Mel Storta showed they intended to take no prisoners when they went to the front 14-5 against Paul Schulz (subbing for Colin Roberson) and Peter Caldwell.

At that point Paul and Peter began to get back into the game and five shots on ends 17 they were back in the running 18-20. Wayne and Mel outscored them five shots to one over the last four ends to move into the semi final where they will meet Peter Marsicano and Ross Russell.

Geoff Venables and Gordon Cox are the third semi-finalists but two other matches are to be played to decide the fourth semi-finalists. Neil McGregor and Peter Schroeder must play Nelson Wallace and Jim Lumsden with the winner playing Ron Wainwright and Denis Steinfort.

Only seven social bowlers on Sunday with Ron Wainwright, Denis Steinfort and Paul Cannell playing Bob Douglas, Tony Gray, Don Jarvis and Nelson Wallace. The team of triples had the best start to lead 14-10 and went on to win 15-12. By general agreement the match ended on end 16 to allow players to return to the cool of the club house.

Next weekend all roads lead to Jindabyne for the district fours, with one early match on Saturday when Peter Schroeder's team will play Paul Cannell's at 9.30am.

The remaining matches will commence at 1.30pm that day.

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