Winning duo show their style

The Picton duo of Dorothy McLean and Sandra Bunt took out the Bowls Marlborough Open Pairs title at Springlands at the weekend with a convincing performance in the final played at the Springlands greens in Blenheim.

They won 17-11 over the composite pair of Beryl MacDonald from Blenheim and Havelock's Noeline Bryant.

The game was close through the first 12 ends, with McLean and Bunt scoring a four on the 13th end to extend their slender lead.

The Picton pair were more consistent throughout and Bunt paved the way with excellent draw bowls, complemented by McLean as skip. Both Bryant and MacDonald played steady bowls, without getting the breaks needed to grab the lead.

There were 24 entries with qualifying matches at Renwick and Springlands. Six teams qualified for the finals held at the Springlands club on Sunday.

In the semifinals McLean beat the Takahanga pair Kate Reardon and Aroha Boyd 23-11 while MacDonald beat the Lou George, Eileen Thompson Springlands duo 14-13 in a close contest.

In the men's open fours, the strong Riverside team of Sanjhe Prasad, Greg Smith, Ken Hart and Craig McDonnell beat the Springlands team of Keith Maslin, Morrie Pugh, Maurice Yealands and Bob Dowling 18-7 in the final after 12 of the 14 ends were played.

The final was transferred and played at Springlands after a sudden downpour closed the Picton Green. The Prasad team was very strong at lead and second, with consistent bowls from McDonnell and Hart setting the platform.

There were 20 entries with qualifying matches played at Picton and Blenheim Bowling Clubs. Seven teams qualified for the finals on Sunday.

In the semifinals Keith Maslin beat Colin Wratt 14-4, and Prasad beat George Eaton 19-4.

Both of these tournaments provided a great opportunity for most of the representative players selected for the men's Noble Adams and the women's Higgins Shield squads to have competitive games leading up to this coming weekend.

Both of these representative games will be played in Marlborough against teams from the West Coast and Nelson.

The Marlborough Express