Hong Kong—A sudden downpour towards the end of the league match last Saturday, May 9, forced a number of games to stop in the middle with the need to reschedule. However the Division 1 teams were not affected by such adverse weather and finished all their games.
The defending champion Kowloon Bowling Green Club (KBGC) had the luxury of playing indoor at the Ap Lei Chau Sports Complex so was immune to the poor weather. The team was up against the newly promoted Island Lawn Bowls Club (ILBC), who was still searching for the first win of the season.
The ILBC team did not offer much resistance throughout the game except for the rink skipped by Paul Choi, who played against Hong Kong international Stanley Lai. The game was tight and Lai finally beat Choi by one single shot.
Last year’s runners-up Kowloon Cricket Club also edged a 5-3 victory at the Police Officers Club. They moved up to second place after Craigengower Cricket Club slipped up at home against Hong Kong Football Club.
After the first three rounds, KBGC leaded the table with 21 points, followed by KCC on 17. CCC and the Police are further down the table with 15 points each.
At the bottom, ILBC dropped to second from bottom with 6 points, while the bottom position is occupied by Taipo Lawn Bowls Club who, losing all matches only have four points.
In the women’s Premier League, defending champion Hong Kong Football Club’s home game against bottom club CCC was interrupted by rain, allowing second-placed Seabird Sports Club to climb into the top position. SBSC defeated United Service Recreation Club 6-2 at the Ap Lei Chau indoor green and is now on top with 22 points.
Claudius Lam is an Officer of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.