FORSTER bowler Dylan Riley lost a thrilling final of the NSW champion of club champion singles to Engadine’s David Ferguson in the final played at Kiama.
Ferguson, the 2017 NSW singles runner up and 2017 Australian indoor singles winner, appeared to be in control over the opening ends of the final, leading 6-0 after 2 ends and then going on to lead 10-3.
Riley then found his range and dominated the next stages to take the lead 12-11.
Riley appeared to have gained the advantage when he won five consecutive ends to ease out to a 22-16 lead, but Ferguson clawed his way back to level terms at 25 shots apiece.
Riley scored a two to be within one end of victory (needing a full count) and appeared to be well on track to do so before Ferguson played a sensational running shot to take the jack to the ditch and get the game back on level terms at 27-27.
Fergsuon scored a pair of singles to lead 29-27 before Riley grabbed a double to lock the scores up yet again 29 all.
Ferguson held his nerve to convert one down to collect a double and claim the championship.
Riley qualified for the final with a gutsy 31-24 win over Gerard Beath (Cowra). Beath appeared to be gaining the upper hand after scoring a single and triple to edge to a lead of 8-3 before Riley seized control, winning 6 consecutive ends to hold a 17-8 advantage. Beath got the better in the next stage of the game, clawing back to trail 18-22. Riley then made a charge towards claiming the game, scoring six shots in three ends to gain a 10 shot lead. Beath then ensured an exciting finish with six consecutive singles closing Riley’s lead to 28-24. Riley, the 2017 Australian indoor singles semi-finalist, closed out the game with a single and double to win 31-24.