Alan Wilkinson came of age as Kia Toa came from behind to beat West End in the final of the South Canterbury open triples at the Park Bowling Club.
Jim Kane, Mike Kane and Wilkinson found themselves 8-3 down to Barrie Andrews, Gary Ford and Ken Feathers before some outstanding lead bowls from Wilkinson saw them draw level 8-all.
Wilkinson then plastered the kitty with two great shots and Kane drew another to make three and while Andrews rattled the head twice they still dropped three.
The next end was the turning point of the game with Wilkinson on fire with two beauties but Feathers responded with a sensational shot, drawing between both Wilkinson bowls. Kane then played the shot of the final to hit Feathers' bowl through for three.
Andrews was on target with both drives but Kane had three shots when head settled down. Kane then scored on next two ends to lead 17-8. On the 14th end Andrews picked up four with great bowls by Feathers and Ford to close gap to three with two ends to go.
The next end Andrews was two down but drew a beauty to close gap to 17 -15 but his team never fired on last end for Kane to seal the win.
The result gave the player of the final, Wilkinson, his first South Canterbury title.
Earlier in day two favourites met in the quarter final with Richie Kerr, Jim Vevers and Dean Harper beating Geraldine's Steve Jones, Danny Rooney and Dennis Johnston 16- 11.
The match of the day was the other quarter final between Kia Toa and Park's Scott Fisher and father and son combination Graham and Tom Taiaroa.
A see-sawing match saw Kia Toa snatch it 14-11 on last end as Fisher rattled shot bowl twice.
Fourteen-year-old Tom Taiaroa impressed.
The semi-finals saw Kane dispatch Kerr 18-9 while Andrews beat Graham Imms 20-15.
- The Timaru Herald