Cabramatta showed their class winning the NSW Champion of Club Champions Singles and Pairs double in convincing fashion at Ballina Bowling Club.
Cabramatta’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Aaron Wilson and his partner Ben Milthorpe were too strong in the Pairs, beating Tuncurry Beach’s Kevin Robinson and Matt Sargeant 24-10 in the final, while Ray Pearse went one better than reaching the Singles final in 2016 by beating Michael Cronin (East Cessnock) 31-15 in their Singles final.
Illawarra’s representatives in the Pairs, Windang’s Geoff Walker and Mark Larsen won their round of 16 match against Wenty Leagues Andrew Baldrey and Franklin Fong 22-10, but then ran into the favourites, Wilson and Milthorpe in the quarterfinals.
The Bull Ants duo won 25-10.
The pair defeated the reigning state Champion of Club Champion Pairs winners Ray Pearse and Corey Wedlock to win the Cabramatta crown in 2018 and then claimed the Zone 12 title.
Milthorpe and Wilson won all four matches convincingly at the state titles, and after being pushed hard by former New Zealand international Kevin Robinson and former Illawarra bowler Matt Sargeant early in the final, they took charge.
Milthorpe and Wilson won their four games by a combined shot differential of 98-40 with their opponents managing just 10 shots in each of the four games.
The Cabramatta pair dominated their semi-final, defeating Mova Vale’s Michael Cleaver and Steve Clark 28-10, while Robinson-Sargeant beat Austral’s Phil Power and Michael Anderson 26-8.
In the Singles competition, Illawarra Champion Shane Garvey was a late withdrawal with Pearse winning four tough matches to take the title.
Pearse survived a major score in round one with a 31-29 win over Lee Stinson (Orange Ex-Services) and then beat Scott Franklin 31-23, David Holt 31-24 and Michael Cronin by 16 shots, to take the title.
Cabramatta have won the Pairs title three times in the past five years with Illawarra’s last state Pairs champions being Ted Clarke and Matt Sargeant while representing Thirroul in 2008.