Kowloon Bowling Green Club (KBGC) is on course for a fourth consecutive championship title in the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association’s Men’s Triples League when they opened up a massive lead of 10 points after just five rounds.
The star-stubbed KBGC team boosts seven internationals, including five from Hong Kong and one each from China and Macao. They have won all five games in the new season, only losing four points along the way.
The team played the newly promoted CLP Lawn Bowls Club away from home last Saturday Jan 12. While enjoying a day trip to the remotely located green at the Castle Peak Power Station in Tap Shek Kok, the New Territories, there was not much problem on the green for the team.
While two of the KBGC teams—led by China international Ye Sui Ying and ex-Hong Kong International Heron Lau—won their match convincingly, their third team—including Hong Kong International Raymond Ho and Stanley Lai—faced strong resistance from veteran bowler PT Lee.
Ho, whose team accounted for the lost four points earlier this season, finally escaped with a narrow 19:16 victory and ensured that KBGC emerged winners of all eight points.
KBGC are now on 36-points. While 10-to-15 points ahead of the chasing pack of clubs is by no means an unassailable lead with four rounds remaining, if KBGC maintain their form the title will be theirs. A group of five clubs separated by just five points are competing strongly, taking points off each other and helping to boost KBGC’s lead.
For instance, Hong Kong Football Club-B (HKFC-B) was held on the weekend by Craigengower Cricket Club (CCC) to a 4-all draw—leaving HKFC-B and Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) level on 26-points with only one shot separating them in second and third respectively.
CCC in fourth on 23-points, HKFC-A on 22-points and HKPBC-A (Hong Kong Police Lawn Bowls Club) on 21-points are all very unlikely to overtake KGBC, yet the fourth through sixth clubs remain a threat in shaping the ladder.
Meanwhile in the women’s section, KCC’s quest to stop KBGC from winning their fourth consecutive title suffered a big blow when they lost to second-bottom Seabird Sport Club 2:6 at home. However their hopes were kept alive as KBGC also lost four points at the hands of mid-tabled Victoria Lawn Bowls Club.
After five games KCC has 28-points, five ahead of KBGC, who is lying in fourth position. The second-place belongs to last season’s runners-up HKFC on 27-points, followed by Filipino Club in third on 24-points.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.
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