Symes and Kernahan all class in final
A master class in draw bowls secured Maurice Symes (Wellington) and Mike Kernahan (Otago) the Stewart Buttar Invitational pairs title yesterday at the Burnside Bowling Club.
Symes and Kernahan overcame the in-form Fairfield (Dunedin) duo of Ken Walker and his lead Ross Thomson 14-7 in the division one final.
Playing an Australian pairs format in which players bowl two bowls and then swap ends with their partner and then again do the same until all eight bowls have been played means a strong combination is key.
Neither Symes nor Kernahan needed to ask too many questions of the other as they effectively went about their work with little interaction.
After seven ends the scoreline was 4-3 in favour of Symes. But then Kernahan found his stride and produced some brilliant draw bowls which forced Walker into attacking the head.
Symes and Kernahan picked up three consecutive twos for a seven-point lead with five ends to play before they allowed their opposition a sniff by dropping four shots on the next three ends.
The margin could have been a lot closer but for some inch-perfect final bowls from Symes.
He led by four playing the last end and was in a slight bit of trouble until Kernahan killed the end, resulting in it being replayed. Symes then proceeded to sit all four of his bowls within close range of the jack.
Walker and Thomson both had a run at the jack attempting to kill it but neither was successful, with Symes and Kernahan picking up three on the final end to win 14-7 and $3000.