Heavy rain brought a premature halt to post section play in the fours at the New Zealand bowls championships in Dunedin yesterday.
Only the morning round was able to be completed in full, with the rain sending players scurrying during the second game. Four matches were completed in the afternoon - two each in the men's and women's.
But the morning round produced two major surprises - Peter Belliss (Aramoho) was ousted from the men's competition and Jo Edwards (United) was beaten in the women's.
For the second straight day, Leeston's Colin Lowery grabbed the limelight. Playing with Trevor Kennett, Kevin Greenwood, and Stu Boon, Lowery came from behind in the first game of the day to upset Belliss, whose team included Black Jack Richard Girvan. Belliss led 15-11 with two ends remaining, but Lowery leveled the scores over the last two heads and then won the extra end, taking the game 19-15.
Lowery was playing Andrew Kelly's quartet, which is being skipped by Michael Kernaghan, when play was stopped. Kelly had an easy 20-3 win over Laurie Shanks' South Canterbury side in the morning.
National selector Terry Scott (North East Valley) was on the wrong side of a one-point loss to another competent Dunedin side headed by Blair Barringer (Fairfield). In the same section, Ali Forsyth (Havelock) and Lance Pascoe (Belfast) were untroubled in their matches.
The two completed afternoon games in the men's event saw victories for Russell Dawe (Port Chalmers) and Doug Thomas (North East Valley). They will meet in the quarterfinals today.
Edwards' demise in the women's fours was, on the surface, a major surprise. But there is plenty of quality in the Southland composite team that sneaked home 15-14. Skip Shona Klimeck (Gore RSA) was the 2004 national singles winner, while Jan Low, Pam Calder, and Glenice Paisley are all successful players from the south.
Edwards secured the shot for her side on the extra end, but the wily Klimeck in turn ran out the shot to secure the win.
In the power-packed bottom half of the draw, close matches were the order of the day.
Sandra Keith (Dunsandel) fell 13-12 to Mandy Boyd (Burnside) in the clash of the Black Jacks. Barbara McGregor (United) won another titanic match between two past fours-winning skips, overcoming Judy Howat (The Park Kilbirnie) 16-15.
The only completed afternoon matches in the women's fours were both quarterfinal games. Sue Hodges (Outram) and Heather Johns (Paritutu), the defending champion, were the two sides to advance through to today's semifinal. Hodges edged out Marie Ferlazzo (Woolston) 21-20, while Johns came from behind to beat Karen Hema (Carlton Cornwall) 16-13.
- The Nelson Mail