Cosgrove and Chester shine as 33 bowlers compete at Geraldton mixed scroungers in excellent weather

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Sue Waldon, left, in a file image with Sandra Brown, Judy Cream and Kerry Hagan.
Camera IconSue Waldon, left, in a file image with Sandra Brown, Judy Cream and Kerry Hagan. Credit: Supplied

Excellent weather attracted a strong field to last Friday’s mixed scroungers at the Geraldton Bowling Club as a total of 33 players took to the greens.

Barry Chester was the stand-out with an afternoon high of 58 points, continuing a run of strong form in the lead-up to the Batavia Bowls League pennant season.

After converting to use the bowling arm, the long-time champion has ruled the Geraldton greens during the off-season, showing a level of consistency that has placed him in the top three at multiple outings.

Champion Mingenew farmer Gary Cosgrove won the day overall, with Chester second and Dave Hunt completing the grand finalists.

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Kevin Robartson, Noel Davey, Gary Smith, Mike Ford, Lorraine Exten, John Craig, Mal McKenzie and Ian Heberle reached the semifinals and all look to have a foot on the till in coming weeks.

Chester scored two sixes in qualifying while Noel Davey, Sue Waldon, John Craig, Ian Heberle and Hunt each got one.

There were 14 sides in Saturday’s drawn two-by- four-by-two event, with the top two of Joe Criddle and Rob Williamson and Barry Chester and Sue Smith finishing level on two wins and seven shots. The match room separated the two over the two matches, with Criddle and Williamson getting the nod with 13 ends from Chester and Smith on 12.

Brian Wright and Lorraine Collette claimed third place with one win and a plus 13, with Mike Ford and Elaine Barnetson next with one win and plus eight from the two encounters.

This weekend the annual Ladies’ Major Logue Classic takes centre stage at Geraldton. The two-day event has a rich three-decade history within the former Northern, and now Batavia, Bowling League. Bowlers from all parts of the Mid West participate.

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