Best of the best in Batavia Bowling League prepare to head to Northampton for singles champion of champions

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Neil Exten, left, and Shane Giudice-Nairn, with Barry Chester, centre.
Camera IconNeil Exten, left, and Shane Giudice-Nairn, with Barry Chester, centre. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

The race to find the best bowlers in the Batavia league is heating up, with clubs wrapping up their singles titles and some big names on the board.

The blue-ribbon winners in the various categories have qualified for the champion of champions showdown and will head to Northampton in April for the big dance, with the bowls community expecting a big crowd.

John Reed won the veterans singles championship at Denison on Sunday, beating Ian West in a classic encounter, with just one shot separating the two.

Reed will join clubmate and open champion Peter Leeson at the tournament.

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John Simms is champion at Mullewa after defeating Terry Koltasz on Sunday.

Shane Giudice-Nairn beat Gary Cosgrove to the open title at Geraldton on Sunday.

Neil Exten won the veterans division over Mal McKenzie.

Anthony Cross took out the novice championship, beating John Gummery.

Kim Cross beat all comers at Wonthella, taking out the championship against Mark Adams on February 20. The promising Paul Johnson won the novice championship ahead of John Foster.

Val Exten won the women’s at Wonthella on Tuesday ahead of Di Knight. Gary Clark beat Wayne Brown to the veterans title.

Dale Maver will be bowling for the home side after he beat Kevin Hall on Sunday to win Northampton’s championship.

Kaye Burton added to her singles resume with a win against Pauline Forrester.

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