Purple patch gives Narrabri pair title

NARRABRI lawn bowlers Adrian Samuelsson and Cameron Yates claimed the North West District Bowling Association’s champion of champions pairs title on Sunday.

The winning Narrabri team of Cameron Yates (left) and Adrian Samuelsson.

The winning Narrabri team of Cameron Yates (left) and Adrian Samuelsson.

In a final punctuated by rain, Samuelsson and Yates combined superbly to shut out the home-green combination of Lou Flett and Brian Sheppard, winning 26-17 to qualify for the northern zone play-offs. It was a close tussle early with Flett and Sheppard leading 6-5 after the first five ends. But Samuelsson and Yates grabbed four shots to hit the front and were never headed.

The Narrabri bowlers hit a purple patch, winning nine of 11 ends to take control of the match 25-10. Flett and Sheppard claimed six shots over the final two ends but it was a case of too little, too late.

Samuelsson would have been a strong contender for best-on-green selection with his immaculate draw bowling, backed up by a solid display by skip Yates.

Earlier, in the semi-final, Samuelsson and Yates had a few anxious moments before downing the Wee Waa BC combination of Col Anderson and Ray Dixon. 

The Narrabri pair led 11-10 at the halfway mark and it was 14-all after 14 ends but Samuelsson and Yates then won four ends in a row for a decisive 20-14 break and held on to win by three shots.