Defending Champions Lose Ground in HK Lawn Bowls Premier League
The defending champion Kowloon Cricket Club dropped to a new low after gaining only four points from the last two games, allowing arch-rival Kowloon Bowling Green Club (KBGC) to open up a gap of six points after just four rounds into Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association’s 2013 Premier League season.
Equipped with three of the best bowlers in Hong Kong as their new recruits, KCC started the season quite well. They won their first two games against Indian Recreation Club and Hong Kong Football Club, but faced their first set back two weeks ago at the hands of KBGC’s B team—losing 8-0 away from home bit hard.
Last Saturday May 18, KCC was away from home against the mid-tabled Filipino Club. Of the three rinks engaged, former Hong Kong No. 1 Noel Kennedy lost to Peter Li 20:16, while ex-Hong Kong International Danny Ho also lost to current Hong Kong team member CY Yu 20:19.
So the final hopes sat on the shoulders of ex-Hong Kong International Chadwick Chen, who finally emerged victorious by beating YS Leung 16:8. And this eight-point margin also proved decisive in securing KCC a draw in the overall score 4-4.
Meanwhile, the KBGC A team (2011 champion) took on Hong Kong Football Club at Sports Road. Despite Heron Lau losing heavily to Neil Herrington (26:6), wins by Macau International James Cheng and China International Terence Lee were enough to cover the loss. The 6:2 win took the team to 24 points, four points ahead of the second-placed Police team. KCC is further behind with 18 points.
While a number of games were postponed due to the poor weather over the weekend, the table will change dramatically once all teams have played their games.
The table does not show the full picture of the women’s league status as the postponement of a few games has distorted the picture a bit. Currently Shatin Sports Association is leading the table by six points, but they have played one more game than the second-placed Hong Kong Football Club, who is looking for their seventh consecutive title.
Currently occupying the bottom spot is Club de Recreio, who has former HKFC top bowler and Hong Kong international Tammy Tham on the team sheet. The team only has five points after three games.
Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.