Thrilling bowls win

02:16, Jan 04 2013
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Taranaki's Val McEldowney has fought back to win the women's singles at the national bowls champs.

New Plymouth's Val McEldowney and North East Valley's Shaun Scott are the singles champions at the New Zealand bowls championships in New Plymouth.

McEldowney produced a stunning turnaround to win the women's final at the Paritutu greens today, coming back from 17-9 down to beat Birkenhead's Reen Stratford in a thrilling finish.

Stratford had a chance with her final bowl to keep the match alive, but missed with a drive.

It was Taranaki's first national title since West End's Eryn Brightwell won the same event in Palmerston North in 1998.

Scott, Dunedin, beat Onehunga's Danny Delany 21-10 to win the men's final.

McEldowney and Scott will now represent New Zealand at the world champion of champions singles bowls tournament in Christchurch at the end of the year.