City prevails on wet day

DOMINANT: City’s Neal Welsh was a crucial part in Ian Johnson’s rink, which had a match-defining 39-15 win against Winchelsea’s David Littler.

Winchelsea bowlers showed the first signs they won’t be the pushover many expect by sending a scare through City.
The result went as expected by day’s end at City Bowling Club, but not before Winchelsea provided a few moments which will have delivered hope to the winless club.
City won three rinks to one, 116-103, in one of the highest scoring matches in recent history.
And, as he has done several times before, it was wily veteran Ian Johnson who steered City to victory.
Johnson’s rink – including Neal Welsh, Wayne Otto and Alan Bamford – defeated David Littler 39-15 in one of the biggest rink wins of the opening two rounds.
City’s Stewart Trigg defeated Colin Williams 28-26 and Jack O’Dowd defeated David Stephenson 25-24 while Pat Howard lost to Evan Partridge 24-38.
The result shot unbeaten City into second spot, behind Camperdown Golf, while Winchelsea remains winless in the bottom two.
City’s Len Williamson, second to O’Dowd, said City was happy to escape with a win.
“It was one of the worst days you’d get to play bowls. It was wet and cold and windy,” Williamson said.
“We stopped five or six times for the day,” he said.
Johnson, in his first season back playing pennant after a year off, claimed his first rink win for the season after going down by a shot against Cobden seven days earlier.
On his home green, Johnson’s performance moved Williamson to say “if he’d played last year we would’ve won the premiership”.
“They lost their first game up at Cobden but they bounced back fairly well,” Williamson said.
“We’ve still got a few to come back in. When they get back in we should be stronger.
“David Neal and Ken Hanson, they’re both skippers. It’s up to the selectors what they do but one will definitely be skipper without a doubt, maybe both.”
Williamson said Winchelsea should take confidence from its effort and said a win was around the corner.
“They’ll win a few games before the year is over,” he said.

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