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Summer League 2002 - Week 8 Report

23rd June 2002

At the midway point of the Monday Night Summer League the recent run of high scoring games was smashed by a a three-game scratch series of 621 which is going to be difficult to beat.

The games, a 251, 229 and 189 which total 669, were all bowled in the first match between Hitmen & Her and Gowks. The bowler was Hitmen's captain, Gary Ross, who helped his team to a 4 -1 win in the first game with a 235 scratch game - Stan Ogrodnik hitting a 200 to take the only point for the opposition. The same scoreline appeared in the second game with Gowks' sub, Ron Reid, taking a point with a 211 game as Gary bowled 213 pins scratch. Gowks then took the final game by 3 points to 2 and also managed to catch
the majority of the overall individual points. This kept the eventual scoreline to 12 points to 8 in Hitmen & Her's favour.

Match 2 drew Papa's Kids against Wasters. Papa's Kids held the upper hand during the first two games with 3 - 2 results in both, Denis Gallagher bowling a 209 in game 2 for Wasters. The Kids' then extended their lead in the last game to take 4 points and make the final score 14 to 6 in their favour, Keith Wilson bowling a 222 and Cliff Bell bowling a 211 for the winners.

The final match saw Gutterlevel playing the vacancy scores. By the last game all points had been won and it looked like the vacancy team were going to get their second thrashing. However a shamed team member, who will remain anonymous, let the team down by losing his final point. Gutterlevel finally winning with 19 points to the vacancies single point, with Linda Clarke hitting a 215 in the final game and Kenny MacAlpine bowling a 568 series.

However, the night belonged to one man. Over the last few seasons Gary Ross has been slowly improving his game and started this league with a 26 handicap. However, his scoring during the first half of this this session has been nothing short of phenomenal and he now sports an 11 handicap. Whilst not wishing to jinx him (honest) or inflate his ego too much, there's no doubt he deserves a mention for his continuing improvement. Nice one Gary.


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