Lang shows his class


EVANS Head's John Lang added further to his growing reputation as one of the best bowlers the North Coast has produced when he took out the Zone One champion of club champions singles at Ballina on Sunday.

The man he beat 31-26 in the final, Kris Lehfeldt (Pottsville), is no slouch ? he was a prominent player in the Queensland Premier League before returning south from the Gold Coast, and some years back was nudged out of the NSW State singles final by the brilliant Bob King.

From the start, Lehfeldt looked impressive against Lang, winning the first four ends to lead 6-0.

By the 20th end, on which Lang gave away a five, the Evans Head bowler had trailed all the way and was behind by eight shots 13-21.

Then Lang showed what he's made of. On the next four ends he picked up 13 shots ? four, three, two and four ? and suddenly had hit the front 26-21.

Lehfeldt battled back with a three and a two but Lang matched him with a three and a two of his own to take him to the required mark and gave him the championship 31-26.

Lang, with the first round bye, had the easy road into the final while Lehfeldt faced another strong former Gold Coaster in Frank Vogel (Yamba).

Lehfeldt had no trouble taking the honours 31-19 and booking himself a place in the decider.

In the champion of club champions pairs final, Earle Cochrane and Ray Miller (Yamba) were easy 26-16 winners over Ballina RSL's Allan Miles and Hans Willems.

Cochrane and Miller took on Alf Boston and Rich Barnes (Brunswick Heads) in the first round, while the Ballina RSL pair had the bye. The Yamba team won this one 24-19 and set the tone for a strong championship victory.

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