WA title first for club

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

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.”

Holt with his State Singles Championship trophy
Camera IconHolt with his State Singles Championship trophy Credit: Bowls WA

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.

Warren Holt and Mitchell Cranswick showing good sportsmanship after a close game
Camera IconWarren Holt and Mitchell Cranswick showing good sportsmanship after a close game Credit: Bowls WA

“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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