Pennants teams in hunt for Batavia Bowling League finals play, as Leeson, Cross, Adam win singles titles

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Denison Singles champion Peter Leeson in action.
Camera IconDenison Singles champion Peter Leeson in action. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

With three rounds remaining of the Batavia Bowling League’s home and away season, there are six sides still in the race for fourth position and finals action.

Men’s singles championships are also in the final stages, with Peter Leeson winning at Denison on Sunday and Kim Cross winning at Wonthella, while Jill Adam won the Geraldton women’s singles.

Top-of-the-table Geraldton Red confirmed their top-four finish in the penannts on Saturday.

They beat sister side Blue by a resounding 4-0.

The Reds need just one aggregate win from their last three matches to confirm a top-two finish and the coveted double-chance second semifinal.

The surprise of the round was a 4-0, 30-shot win by third-placed Wonthella Green over second-placed Wonthella Maroon, who missed the opportunity to confirm a second semi appearance.

Wonthella Gold recorded perhaps their most important result of the year, a 3-1 home win over fourth-placed Geraldton Gold.

The result took the Maroons to within half a point of their opponents, and level on 28 points with Mullewa.

The Saints gained four premiership points after Northampton forfeited their match.

The Rams are 3 1/2 points adrift of fourth-placed Geraldton Gold.

The Denison Derby between White and Blue ended in a drawn aggregate with each side receiving two points.

That keeps the Whites just two points behind fourth.

There are some important matches this Saturday, with Geraldton Red playing Wonthella Maroon at Wonthella in a marquee encounter.

Wonthella Green are strong favourites at home against Geraldton Blue.

The last two matches are a must win for any team that wants to play finals.

Geraldton Gold host Northampton and Denison Blue host Mullewa.

At Denison, Leeson won an entertaining singles grand final against Geoff Crabb.

The score was 25-11.

Andy Duane won the plate ahead of Mick Coulter. The match was tight and provided a 25-24 grandstand finish.

At Wonthella, Cross beat Mark Adams by three shots in a high-quality match-up.

Brad Preston won the plate ahead of Peter Swaan. Paul Johnson beat John Foster to win the novice title.

At Geraldton, Adam won the blue-ribbon final over two-time champion Barbara Grieve. Pam Batten won the plate.

The Geraldton men’s race is down to the semifinal stage. Dave McQuade will play Gary Cosgrove this Sunday while Shane Guidice-Nairn will play defending champion Merv Grigsby.

The grand final will run at 1pm.

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