Another teen through to final

GRANT HASSALL
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2014

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A second teenager has made a singles final at the New Zealand bowls championships in Dunedin joining 18-year old Tayla Bruce from Burnside.

Sean Ingham, 19, of the Broadbeach club on Australia's Gold Coast, yesterday blitzed his way into today's final.

Ingham will play dual winner Ali Forsyth (Havelock) in the final, after he defeated Fairfield's Robbie Thomson 21-5. Forsyth sneaked through 21-20 over Kaikorai's Kerry Becks in the other semifinal.

Ingham who has played bowls for nine years rated making the final as "being right up there" on his list of achievements. He has previously won Queensland pairs and triples titles.

In the quarterfinals, Ingham overpowered Andy McLean (North East Valley) 21-9, while Thomson was always in control against Nelson's Gary Watson, prevailing 21-8.

The other two quarterfinals were intriguing matches. Becks edged out Stokes Valley's Blake Signal 21-18, while Forsyth came from behind to beat Paddy Stewart (Rangiora) 21-16.

■ National president Ann Muir (Kensington) rose to the occasion and produced a superb final delivery to book a place in the women's pairs final. Muir and Carolyn Crawford (St Clair) will play the favoured United duo of Jo Edwards and Val Smith in this afternoon's final.

Muir and Crawford scored successive threes mid-game to surge ahead of defending champions, Sandra Keith and Serena Matthews (Dunsandel), and looked in control leading 17-10 with two ends to play.

But then Muir and Crawford packed up. Dunsandel scored a good five and held another bundle on the last end, although the second shot was a metre away. After playing two shockers, Muir drew off the shot bowl for an 18-15 win.

In the other semifinal, Edwards and Smith were too clinical for Karen Hema and Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall), winning 18-10.

Hema and Goddard overturned a 9-4 deficit after seven ends to beat Helen King and Lisa White (Victoria) 18-12. Edwards and Smith also had to come from behind. They trailed Anne Bateman (Hikurangi) and Rachael McDowall (North East Valley) 8-4 after eight ends, before the classy duo pulled away to win 19-11.

Keith and Matthews didn't have things all their own way against Paritutu's Heather Johns and Val Keightley in winning 18-14. Muir and Crawford defeated Amy McIlroy (United) and Clare McCaul (Silverstream) 19-14 in the other quarterfinal.

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