WA title first for club
Wagin’s Warren Holt became the first WA country bowler in more than 30 years to win a State title on January 29.
In a 25-21 victory over Claremont’s Mitchell Cranswick, Holt became his club’s first-ever winner and the first country bowler since Bunbury’s Bill Upton in 1987 to win the event.
Holt said the match at Manning was a “bit of a dog fight”.
“It was a close game all the way through and the weather conditions weren’t the best,” he said.
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“I’ve had overwhelming support from everyone in the Great Southern region, so it’s a huge honour to be able to win the State titles.”
In the semifinal, Holt proved to be the one to watch, winning 25-11 against Peter Madigan, before impressing the crowd in the nailbiting grand final.
Cranswick took the lead early in the final, getting out to an 8-4 lead.
He held that lead until Holt equalised at 11-11 and the lead went back and forth until a three gave Holt an 18-14 buffer.
“Being from Perth, Mitchell had a lot of support at the clubhouse, so he had quite a big following ... I had a couple of mates, that was about it,” Holt said.
Holt, who has been playing lawn bowls for about 10 years, is in the running for the national titles in November.
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