The South Canterbury senior men's bowls team take on the big centres in Timaru tomorrow.
The top seven bowlers from Otago, Canterbury, North Otago and South Canterbury play a round robin to find the winners, with each team consisting a single, pair and four.
Barrie Andrews deserves his singles spot after winning the South Canterbury open and champion of champions singles titles last season.
In the pairs, Steve Jones is in outstanding form with his new bowls and is partnered by the relaxed Jim Vevers, who is in his best form.
Richie Kerr will skip the fours, with Jim Kane playing three. Don Johnston deserves his chance at two after showing consistency, while the reliable Dennis Johnston will lead.
Canterbury start favourites with New Zealand Black Jack Andrew Kelly, Kelvin Scott, Roger Glendenning and Alvin Gardiner in their team.
Otago also have a strong team, with Black Jacks Shaun Scott and Mark Watt backed up by former New Zealand representatives Mike Kernaghan and Ross Brown and young Black Jack Mark Watt.
They have been further strengthened by Kerry Becks shifting from Christchurch to Dunedin and they are expected to push Canterbury close.
Once again a time limit for each match of two hours and 20 minutes is in the conditions of play.
Officials have stuck with the time limit requirement after last year discussing a proposal to abolish it.
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