Classy pairing win second title

Last updated 05:00 18/12/2012

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Kia Toa's Jim Kane and Alan Wilkinson showed their class in winning their second South Canterbury bowls title for the year when they took out the pairs title 16-8.

In the final at Temuka, one of the better greens in South Canterbury, they faced Geraldine's Graham Imms and Ricky Ross.

On the first end Wilkinson drew three shots and Kane added another to hold four shots. Imms played a brilliant shot to sit beside the kitty but Kane coolly pushed the shot bowl off to hold three and Kane drew another to lead 4-0.

On the third end Imms held three and Kane played another great shot to hold one.

Imms was on target again, pushing Kane's bowl through for three and Kane, with his last bowl, sliced the kitty to go two down.

On the ninth end with Kane leading 9-4, Wilkinson nailed it with two superb bowls and Kane added two more to extend their lead and place one hand on the trophy.

On 13th end Ross drew one and Imms added one to close the gap to 15-8.

The next end was crucial as Ross drew three beauties and Imms added another.

Kane was slightly off target with a run shot with his last bowl but got a slide off a wide bowl to be back on target, putting the kitty into the ditch for one to take out the game 16-8.

In the semifinal, Imms took out the favourites Gary Ford and Don Johnston with some brilliant leading by Ross in the 18-11 win.

In the other semifinal Sam Morton and John Tyro had the game under control at 10-0 but some over-weighted shots by Morton let Kane back into the game and he won 16-14.

The game of day was the quarterfinal between Sean O'Neill and Richie Kerr and Gary Ford and Don Johnston.

O'Neill led 10-0 but Ford got back into the game with four big shots in a row to lead by one going into the last end.

Johnston had two beauties, with Kerr resting shot bowl with his last to go one down.

Ford added another and O'Neill, who had been on fire with new bowls, missed for Ford to take game 17-14.

In their quarterfinal, Morton and Tyro thrashed Mike Kane and Trevor Cloughley 19-1.

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