Natasha Scott has continued her surge up the National Rankings to return as Australia’s number one ranked female bowler.
The NSW state skipper and Australian Jackaroo has enjoyed a steady run up the rankings in recent months, thanks to a dominant November in which she claimed all four NSW Women’s state titles, only to back that up in December.
Scott became the first Australian to play 15 matches in just four days at last week’s Australian Championships at Club Sapphire in Merimbula, making all four finals in the women’s events, collecting gold in the women’s triples and silver in the singles, pairs and fours.
She de-throned Carla Krizanic at the top, who slid to third on the rankings, while Rebecca Van Asch (fourth) and Kelly McKerihen (fifth) swapped places in the only other changes to the top five.
Meanwhile, Barrie Lester remains as Australia’s top ranked male after collecting silver in the men’s singles at the Australian Championships, while just seven ranking points seperate David Ferguson (second) and Lee Schraner (third) who switched positions following the month of November.
The National Rankings System operates on a yearly rolling-points system, where all points accrued are retained for twelve-month period and are then discounted.
The rankings year concludes at the completion of the Australian Open in June 2018, with the number one ranked male and female players earning the titles of Male and Female Bowlers of the Year and $3,000 prize purses each.
Players can accrue ranking points from all national events, State Championships, State Champion of Champion and selected club events.
Top ranked players by state (men):
ACT: Todd Trewarne (overall ranking – 33rd)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 2nd)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 19th)
QLD: Sean Ingham (overall ranking – 10th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 5th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 3rd)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 1st)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 19th)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 4th)
Top ranked players by state (women):
ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – 38th)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 9th)
QLD: Lynsey Clarke (overall ranking – 6th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 7th)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 4th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 3rd)
WA: Lisa Featherby (overall ranking – 16th)
Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 5th)
Overall Player Rankings (Men):
1st: Barrie Lester (VIC): 426
2nd: David Ferguson (NSW): 396
3rd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 389
4th: Ryan Bester (OS – Canada): 323
5th: Nathan Pedersen (SA): 301
Overall Player Rankings (Women):
1st: Natasha Scott (NSW): 390
2nd: Ellen Ryan (NSW): 371
3rd: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 351
4th: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 222
5th: Kelly McKerihen (OS – Canada): 215