SOUTH African national player Billy Radloff joined forces with Port Elizabeth's Peter Hufkie to register a fine win in the final of the Spec- Savers Pro10 bowls tournament played at Mill Park yesterday.
The George-based Radloff and Hufkie secured the title in the fifth edition of this bowls event with a difference, with a 53-47 win over Syd Jones and Sandy Smart in a well contested title playoff. The scoring was done on the cut-throat format.
Jones and Smart were disappointed to concede successive margins of 10 shots on the fourth and fifth ends, which gave the eventual winners a 35-15 advantage halfway through the match.
As Hufkie said afterwards, "from then they were always playing catch-up", and the margin proved too big for Smart and Jones to bridge.
It did not stop them from trying, however, and they fought back with nine shots on the seventh end and a further nine on the ninth end to take the encounter the full distance. But, leading 50-40, Radloff and Hufkie needed just one shot on the final end to secure the top spot, which they duly achieved.
Playing in the event for the first time, Radloff said he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the organisation of the tournament. "It really was a magnificent event and we must thank the sponsors, Spec-Savers, for all they have done and also the organisers for their excellent work. It was a fun weekend," Radloff said.
Hufkie echoed Radloff's sentiments and said he had felt a bit of heat in the final, despite the strong lead. "It was pretty tense out there."