Father and son Ray and Greg Cridge will battle each other tomorrow for the minor singles title at Sawtell Bowling Club.
Father and son Ray and Greg Cridge will battle each other tomorrow for the minor singles title at Sawtell Bowling Club. Rob Wright

Father to battle son

THE master will take on the apprentice tomorrow as for the first time in local bowls history a father and son duo clash in the final of the men's singles championship.

Ray Cridge and son Greg are faced with an incredible family battle that has the Sawtell Bowls Club already engraving the Cridge name on the winner's trophy.

"We're pretty excited," Greg Cridge said.

"Not only is it the first time we have played each other in a final, it will be the first time we have played each other at all.

"It is hard enough to make a final so for both of us to get there is an incredible achievement."

While the pair is looking forward to the match they have both made it clear neither will be taking it easy.

"I wish him all the best but I'm going out there to win," Greg Cridge said.

His father Ray was quick to fire back.

"I'm not going to lay down for you," he said.

"I wouldn't mind if I beat him by one so he is in the game until the end."

With a combined 75 years of experience between the father and son duo, Ray Cridge believes no matter the result, tomorrow morning's final is sure to be a cracker.

"This is the biggest game in house competition in Sawtell so I can't wait to hit the green," he said.



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