EXPERIENCE played a vital role in Sheraton's Picket Cup victory at the Nadi Sports Club yesterday.
Sheraton with national reps Arun Kumar and Samuela Tui defeated Nadi 21-6 in the final of the City Forex Fiji Limited-sponsored two-day tournament.
Kumar and Tui held the upper hand in the match from the opening end.
Nadi had the services of cousins Bobby Prasad and Rajnesh Prasad who participated in their inaugural Picket Cup.
Nadi also qualified for the final for the first time on home soil.
Bobby, the managing director of Portion Pak, said it was a privilege to play against Kumar and Tui who had been representing the nation for a long time.
He said as debutants their combinations worked well during the two-day event.
"Experience counts a lot in the sport of bowls and Sheraton displayed that," Bobby said.
"For us it was a learning experience taking up the sport actively for the last three years."
Rajnesh won the player of the tournament award.
In the semi-final Nadi defeated Vatukoula 19-14 while Sheraton thrashed Ba 29-9.
Vatukoula had Eminoni Turagabeci and Netava Laqere. Ba included Iliaz Khan and Raymond Singh.
Tamavua won the ladies division.
The side with Varisila Vosalotaki and Sarote Hiagi defeated Rewa 24-13, Nadi 16-14, Suva 17-16 and Vatukoula 15-14.
Tamavua finished the competition unbeaten.
The side did not even need to play its final round match to claim the title.
Suva won the second place after a three ends playoffs against Nadi.
The Picket Cup is Bowls Fiji's prized pairs tournament.
The World Airlines triples tournament will be played this weekend.
The Sunny West Bowling Carnival will be held at the Nadi Sport Club from June 24-29. The tournament is expected to attract players from
Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.