The Temuka pair of Karen Manning and Sam Morgan clawed their way back from an eight-shot deficit to take out the South Canterbury Centre 2x4x2 pairs title 14-12.
Playing in hot conditions at the Timaru Bowling Club greens, they beat a composite team of Alan Wilkinson (Kia Toa) and Joan Waller (Timaru).
The rinks varied in consistency to the angst of players but the two teams in the final obviously had an edge.
The game began slowly until the fourth end when Manning dragged back the jack to her opponents.
Morgan attempted a run shot but it brushed the shot bowl leaving Wilkinson and Waller to pick up four shots.
On the next three ends they collected a further five shots and by the seventh end led 11-3.
On the eighth end with Wilkinson holding shot Manning killed the end.
The Temuka pair picked up 10 shots over the next five ends with a good display of draw bowls.
On the 12th end a superb resting bowl from Morgan took shot and Wilkinson was unable to improve the situation.
With the score at 14-11 Wilkinson and his partner needed to score four shots on the last end to win, however, with a determined effort Manning and Morgan held them to one.
In the semifinals, Manning always had the edge playing West End's Barrie Andrews and Doreen King, scoring on all but three ends of the game winning 13-9.
Wilkinson played Ken and Mary Lemon and were comfortable winners 16-8.
Thirty-four teams entered the competition on both the Timaru and Park Bowling Club greens with 12 pairs qualifying.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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