PROGRESS IN SINGLES
Evening Post, Volume CXXXVII, Issue 11, 14 January 1944, Page 3
PROGRESS IN SINGLES
LIST OF QUALIFIERS
(Special to "The Post.") DUNEDIN, This Day. •Conditions for the second day's bowling were vastly different from those on the opening day. The skies were leaden and a dampness in the air took the fire out of the greens, while a fickle breeze at times upset calculations.
Among those who went through the singles with two lives were G. Gray (Kelburn), N. McDonald (Hutt), and W. Gilbert (Kelburn), all three winning five' games Gray's play was one of the high lights of the day, and he made a big impression on the spectators. Among his victims were R. Haworth (Canterbury) and H. C. Clarke (Carlton), whom he defeated by 19-13 and 16-15 respectively. Haworth skipped the winning fours in 1936 and 1937, and skipped the champion pairs in 1937. Clarke was the singles champion in 1927. Gilbert, who will skip Kelburn in the fours, also registered a fine performance and proved himself a master of all shots* He had only one close game—when he beat F. Mayhew (Te Rangi), 22-21. McDonald played soundly throughout and built up some very fine leads. In his game against J. A. James (Owaka) he had one of the biggest winning margins of the day, 37-4. Wellington players who qualified with one life today were R. Hutton (Thorndon) and T. Gray (Kelburn). The latter in particular is likely to go much further. He won his first four games today easily, 21-13, 22-11, 26-13, and 23-4, but went down to G. H. Fraser (Beckenham), 16-14.
Wellington players who failed to qualify were W. E. Goodwin (Upper Hutt), 3 wins; A. Wilson (Hataitai), 3 wins; C. A. Handle and E. Caley (Petone), 2 wins; C. O. Josephson, 2 wins; J. K. Smith (Kelburn), 2 wins; P. W. Smith (Thorndon), 2 wins; W. J. Goodwin (Upper Hutt), no wins; and W. J. Vaney (.Victoria), no wins. Only three pairs from Wellington clubs were seen in action today, and none of them qualified. Of four games played P. Devine and D. Hunter (Petone) won three: J. C. Hardie and V. H. Piper (Hutt), two; and T. Trewick and A. Tough (Porirua) one. Devine and Hunter won their first three games and looked certain to qualify, but they went down to a St. Clair pair by 29-16 in the last game. The most spectacular player seen so far is S. Vella (Onehunga), who today gave a magnificent exhibition of driving. Among his victims was C. Tyrrell (Roslyn), who skipped the champion pairs in 1938. In this particular game Vella never once missed with a drive, and his play delighted the crowd. He stiil has a life in the singles.
It is unusual for a player in a Dominion championship to fail to score, but a player from Middlemarch, a country club in Otago, had that unenviable experience today, the score against him being 34-0.
LIST OF QUALIFIERS.
From the section play in the singles yesterday the Press Association reports there are 18 two-lifers, and 54 with one life, so altogether 106 players enter post-section play with one life and 35 with two lives.
The two-lifers from yesterday are W. O'Neill (Runanga), W. Hewitt (Alexandra), E. P. Exelby (Frankton Junction), W. J. Short (Pukekohe), W. Williamson (North East Valley), J. Hope (North East Valley), D. Mac Lean (Omakau), N. McDonald (Hutt), W. Gilbert (Kelburn), W. H. Hampton (Sumner), J. Martin (St. Kilda), G. Gray (Kelburn), J. S. Anchor (Hamilton), J. J. Hill (Christchurch R.S.A.), E. W. Taylor (Carlton), P. H. Edwards (St. Kilda), J. Ure (North End, Invercargill), T. Ferguson (Balmacewen). On Wednesday there were 17. Those with one life from yesterday are:—G. W. Martella (Blenheim), S. Preece (Gore), A. Gale (Anderson's Bay), D. Bennie (Balmacewen), J. W. T. Macklow (Onehunga), J. B. Davis (Temuka), F. E. Forster (Franklin Junction), W. Dee (Milton), A. Swanson (Georgetown), A. E. Clinkard (Carlton), W. J. Russell (Alexandra), L. J. Edwards (Balclutha), W. Chapman (Christchurch R.S.A.), W. E. Hodge (Mornington), J. Perrow (Wanaka), F. Drake (Ranfurly), N. H. Tunnicliff (Roslyn), L. G. Mercer (Greymouth), R. Hutton (Thorndon), W. M. Pepper (St. John's, Wanganui), J. Ainger (Christchurch), N. Donaldson (Ponsonby), B. Myers (St. Heliers),. D. Duns (Imperial), E. Longworth (Tainui), G. Wisnesky (Meatiowbank), H. A. Craig (Carlton), G. Cook (North East Valley), R. Breach (Rakaia), R. Buchan (Hawera), J. Middlemass (Alexandra), R. Haworth (Canterbury), H. C. Clarke (Carlton), C. Jackson (North End, Invercargill), A. K. Hamilton (Alexandra), A. S. Mc- Dougall (Caversham), W. S. Robertson (Anderson's Bay.),. J. P. Smith Wanaka), J. Lee (Tmiaru), S. R. Gemmell (North East Valley)., A. Dey (Christchurch), G. H. Smith (Edendale), J. Buchan (Balmacewen), T. Gray (Kelburn), E. H. Taylor (Phoenix), J. Harvey (Central Winton), T. R. MacGillivray (Otago), J. T. Adams (Phoenix) S. Vella (Onehunga), S. C. K. Smith (North End, Invercargill), T. G. Fox (Christchurch) H. B. Kay (Shirley), R. E. Austin [(Cromwell), H. J. Masson qualified yesterday for post-section play in the pairs:--C. H. Leith and S. Riach (Taien); W. H. Barton and J. H. Stephenson (Ne Ison), T W Thomas and W. W. Callender (6tago);J F. Rendle and J A. Bridges (Frankton Junction); A. Williamson and D. H. Joseph (Canterbury); B. W. Caulton and V. A. Bendall (Grey- A. G. Spiers (St. Kilda); A. Keast and C. H. Manning (Timaru); B. Grant and H Kebby (Hornby); A. W. Alloo and Hi a Alloo (Owaka); C. J. Forbes and T. H. Watts (Beckenham); D. S. Dott and J. R. Smith (Elmwood); R. L. Tageart and A. V. Keast (Te Rangi); C. fod £d G. M. Doyle (Southbndge); W Hillhouse and J. .Armstrong (Runanga); C. L. Curtis and W. C. M. SoSSSon (Carterton); W. Edgar and W. F. Mills (Tainui); J. Why te and C. STS & 70 sections' in the pairs are being decided today and post-section play in both singles and pairs will start tomorrow.