Storm hits Ballina bowls
By JIM BRIGGINSHAW
THUNDER, lightning and heavy storm rain yesterday put an early end to the opening day of the Summerland Pairs at the Ballina Bowling Club.
Three rounds of sectional play had been completed and eight winning teams were about to take the green at 5.45pm to decide quarter-finalists when the deluge began.
Play was impossible on the saturated turf so officials decided the games would be played this afternoon along with today's second round of post-sectionals.
Sections yesterday, decided in sunshine, produced immaculate bowls on 13-second greens.
Postponed post-sectional matches to be played today are:
Peter Vardy, Alan Patch (Pine Rivers) 2 wins plus 13 v Alex Holland (Yamba), Ken Evans (Musgrave Hill) 21/2 wins plus 11; Don Plummer (Yamba), Vic Reynolds (Iluka) 2 wins plus 20 v John Lang (Evans Head), Mick Anderson (Byron Bay) 21/2 wins plus 11; Darren Kemp, Neil Burgess (Lennox Head) 3 wins plus 21 v Phil Jordon (Beaudesert), Brian Nixon (Casino RSM) 3 wins plus 24; I Gardner, J Gardner (Townsville) 2 wins plus 8 v Trent Craigie, Trevor Antram (St Johns Park, Sydney) 3 wins plus 17.
Vardy and Patch pulled their section out of the fire when it seemed to be sewn up by Ballina pair Rick De Re and Bob Mostyn, who took their first two games with a 12-shot margin but fell in the third, losing by 10 shots to the in-form Queenslanders.
Composites Alex Holland (Yamba) and former Wooli bowler Ken Evans were given a fright after taking their first two rounds by an 11-shot margin then drawing with John Rafton and Anthony Gillman of Paradise Point.
Don Plummer (Yamba) and Vic Reynolds (Iluka) started badly, going down by eight shots in their first outing then winning the next two by 22 shots and six shots.
John Lang (Evans Head) and Byron Bay greenkeeper Mick Anderson had a draw in their last game after winning the first two with an 11-shot margin.
One of the most clear-cut section wins was by Lennox Head pair Darren Kemp and Neil Burgess, who won all three of their games with a 21-shot margin.
Their effort was overshadowed by Phil Jordan (Beaudesert) and Brian Nixon (Casino RSM), who finished with three wins plus 24.
Father-son combination Isaac and John Gardner, from Towns-ville, took a tight section with two games plus eight shots.
The eighth section seemed to be a lay-down mizere for Ballina's Nev Dunne and Barry Ward when they won their first two games, each by 10 shots.
But then they came up against Trent Craigie and Terry Antram (St Johns Park). The Sydney pair spoiled the local party, beating the Ballina pair by 13 shots.
Another eight sections of 32 bowlers today will contest the second part of the Pairs, with three rounds of 15 ends starting at 9am.
The post-sectional games will start at 5.45pm, together with those to be played because of the wash-out.
Quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are tomorrow.