Barry Wynks and Janine Noble are close to earning a shot at a national title after winning the Manawatu mixed 2-4-2 bowls final at Terrace End on Saturday.
Top qualifiers Wynks and Noble beat the pair of Sharon Sims and Mark Noble 19-10 after they got out to an early lead, which they never surrendered.
"We got out to a 7-0 lead and apart from one patchy bit where they caught up to 13-10," Wynks said. "Basically we kept that six or seven points in front of them right to the end."
The rest of the tournament was played in October but the final had to be postponed to Saturday because of high winds affecting the bowls.
Wynks and Noble now go to a qualifying tournament in Hawke's Bay later in the season to qualify for the nationals in Invercargill in June.
In Hawke's Bay they will play the likes of Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Gisborne-East Coast.
It was Wynks' seventh Manawatu centre title, while it was the first Manawatu centre title for Noble, who lives in Wellington.
In the earlier round, Wynks and Noble beat Noleen and Lindsay Elston 19-13 in the quarterfinal and Shane Rogers and Georgie Kahui-Rogers 14-8 in the semifinal.
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