Taranaki’s Dean Elgar has denied Mike Kernaghan his sixth national title and claimed the second of his own at the Summerset National Fours in Wellington.
The 2017 national singles champion has skipped his composite four of Gavin Scrivener, Neil Candy and Bruce Hall to a dramatic 23-22 win over Kernaghan, Roger Stevens, Andy McLean and Andrew Kelly in the men’s final at the Naenae Bowling Club.
Elgar came back from five shots down with two ends to play, scoring a five on the penultimate end to level the match.
Scrivener then set up the head for Elgar and they clung to the match-winning shot despite Kernaghan’s best efforts.
“The way the game turned out I’m thinking we’ll call it the miracle from Naenae,” Dean Elgar said.
“Gavin led very well off the front all week and played two top bowls on the last end and we got out of jail.”
Elgar finished runner-up in the fours at the 2017 nationals, with West End club-mate Neil Candy. He’s since teamed up with Bruce Hall, who also plays at West End, and Gavin Scrivener, who is one of the leading players in Wanganui.
“I’ve had some success in the last few years, obviously winning the national singles and the pathway singles was huge, but winning with mates is even better,” Elgar said.
“It was the first time together and we’re 11 wins from 11 matches so we probably should retire.”
Getting the better of national squad member Mike Kernaghan is also a major feather in Elgar’s cap.
“He’s very accomplished and he’s got numerous New Zealand titles so to some extent that makes it sweeter.”
Dean Elgar earlier outclassed Dean Drummond 21-6 in the semi-finals.
Drummond had knocked out Gary Lawson’s star-studded four in the first round of post section play 24 hours earlier.
Men’s fours final
Dean Elgar bt Mike Kernaghan 23-22
Dean Elgar bt Dean Drummond 21-6
Mike Kernaghan bt Pat Houlahan 20-11
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