By JIM BRIGGINSHAW
WHEN hometown hero Craig Teys joined with Jeff Dolan (Wynnum-Manly Leagues) to take out the Summerland Pairs at Ballina Bowling Club yesterday, it was the first time in eight years a local had won the event.
This time it was almost an all-local affair.
The other finalists were the seaside combination of John Lang (Evans Head) and Mick Anderson (Byron Bay).
The result was something of a boilover ?- Lang, last year's Summerland Singles winner, and Anderson, last year's State pairs championof-club champions, were clear favourites after their thrilling semi-final victory over Gold Coast pair, John Aworth and Shane Globits (Paradise Point) who had won the event in 2001.
With one end of the semi to go, the two teams were locked 10-10 and went shot for shot before the local pair gained the upper hand to take the game 12-10.
Teys and Dolan in their semi had a much easier time, annihilating the Brisbane pair, Ken Luck and Fred Diamond (Pine Rivers), 18-4.
Earlier in the quarterfinals, Luck and Diamond had required an extra end to edge out Lennox Head's Darren Kemp and Neil Burgess 11-10 in one of the best and tightest matches of the day.
Teys and Dolan were too good for Townsville fatherson team Isaac and John Gardner, winning 18-8.
The quarter-finals allowed Lang and Anderson to show their devastating form when they despatched the powerful St Johns Park (Sydney) pairing of Michael Clarke and Ray Pickard 15-6 in 14 ends, while Aworth and Globits handed out an even heftier hiding to Pine Rivers' Alan Patch and Paul Vardy who called it a day when they were down 23-3 after only 11 of the scheduled 15 ends.
With form on the board and two teams evenly matched, the final produced the expected classic bowls.
Teys and Dolan gained an early edge, leading 5-2 after five of the scheduled 21 ends.
Four ends later only one shot separated the two teams, with the score 7-6 in Teys and Dolan's favour.
With four ends to go, they had stretched this lead to five shots and seemed to have the match well in hand.
Then Lang and Anderson made their run, scoring on the next three ends, but only singles.
It was not enough.
When Teys and Dolan picked up a shot on the 21st end, they had taken the match 17-14.
The win was worth $3000 to them.
Lang and Anderson had to be satisfied with the runners-up purse of $1500.
One hundred and twenty eight bowlers in 64 teams had contested the event over three days.
The Summerland Series will continue at Ballina with 64 bowlers in the three-day $6940 Summerland Singles, starting tomorrow week.