Bester’s form gets results in decider

A SUPERB mid-match surge by Canadian Ryan Bester proved decisive as he claimed top honours in the $11,000 Summerland Singles tournament that wrapped up in Ballina yesterday.

Bester, now based at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast collected the $3200 top prize with an impressive 31-17 win over Kingscliff bowler Ian Taylor in the final at Ballina's Cherry Street bowling club.

Taylor led the way early, edging to a narrow 10-8 lead before Bester found his best form.

A bronze medallist at the 2008 World Bowls Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Bester roared to a 26-10 lead in the first-to-31 clash.

Taylor mounted a comeback of sorts but could do nothing to stop Bester's surge, the 29-year-old closing out the match in dominant fashion.

The three-day tournament attracted 64 players from across Australia.

Ballina's Kris Lehfeldt was the best performed on the Far North Coast representatives, advancing through his four-man group on Friday and then seeing off Steve Jackson and Richard Latta in the knockout stages to reach the last four.

Lehfeldt's run came to an end in the semi-finals, upstaged 25-7 by Bester.

Bester had earlier beaten Brunswick Heads representative Joe Mills in their quarter-final.

South Lismore's David Ball was another FNC bowler to shine.

Ball had looked impressive in the group stages, winning all three of his matches.

His hopes however bit the dust in the last 16 with an agonising one-point loss to Keith Farrelly.

Taylor defeated Farrelly 25-22 in a cracking semi-final yesterday morning.

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