5 Jan 2010

Fours take centre stage at national bowls champs

7:02 am on 5 January 2010

The national bowls championships continues on Tuesday with the start of the men's and women's fours in Wellington.

The powerful combination of Cabramatta's Ryan Bester, Gary Lawson, Danny Delany and Kelvin Scott will start out as favourites.

But defending champions Peter Belliss, Kevin B Robinson, Steve Posa and Justin Goodwin and the quarter of Richard Girvan, Ali Forsyth, Sean O'Neill and Andrew Todd will be worthy competitors.

The women's fours favourite is the Karen Coombe-skipped team of Helen King, Clare McCaul and Genevieve Baildon.

The defending champions are Sue Burnand, Mandy Boyd, Angela Boyd and Leanne Curry.

Lawson snares 10th national bowls title

Double world champion Gary Lawson snared a record-equalling 10th national bowls title with a win in the men's pairs final on Monday.

Lawson and Danny Delaney beat Sean O'Neill and Lance Pascoe 13-12 at the Hutt Bowling Club.

In the women's pairs, Auckland's Reen Stratford and Bev Crowe defeated the Omanu combination of Bev White and Josephine Connolly 17-14.

Australian-based Black Jack Andrew Todd from the Burnside Bowling Club bowled his way to the national men's singles crown, beating Fairfield's Ken Walker 21-20 in a game that will go down as one of the best single fight-backs.

Walker found himself down 17-6 as a result of Todd's accurate driving, but began to find rhythm, slowly closing the gap with consistent draw bowls to level the scores at 20-20.

On the final end, Todd drew his first bowl inches from the jack and despite a great effort from the 1987 title winner, Walker was unable to change the position, giving Todd his first national title.

In the women's singles final, Beckenham's Black Jack Jan Khan ran away with a comfortable victory 21-5 over Canterbury's Jan Shirley to gain her seventh title, but says the scoreboard did not reflect the standard of the game.