AUSTRALIAN representative Glen Loader made it impossible for Orange to record a win in their State Tenpin Bowling League match against Lidcombe on Sunday.
Loader was in unbeatable form for Lidcombe to help the Sydney side to a 77-37 victory.
Orange captain Ron Forbes said Loader was crucial to Lidcombe’s win.
“Glenn Loader, who bowls for Australia, bowled a 257 average including back-to-back 300s,” Forbes explained.
“You couldn’t stop him. His worst game was a 215 and his next worst was 237. He was just on.”
Lidcombe won the singles 24-14 and pulled away in the doubles 27-11.
The Sydney team came out on top in the teams matches 22-13.
Lidcombe also claimed the four bonus points for highest overall pinfall to secure the 40-point win.
That’s not to say Orange bowled badly.
Joel Wiseman averaged 220 which included his first 300 game.
Forbes averaged 219.
Orange young gun Nick Flannery was given his first taste of the senior competition and performed well to average 194.
Flannery was one of two Orange bowlers to beat Loader.
“Glenn lost two games all day and one was to Nick when he bowled a 257 to Glenn’s 237. Joel beat him in the other game 222-215,” Forbes explained.
Forbes said it was an amazing day at Lidcombe.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen three 300s shot in a day,” he said.
The loss means Orange have recorded a win and a loss in their opening two state league rounds.
The Warriors celebrated a win at home against Newcastle in November.
Orange took the tie 66.5-47.5 and averaged 210 as a team.
Orange will line up again on January 13 to play a catch up round against Campbelltown.
Their round one match, which was meant to be played in October, had to be rescheduled.