Suva men shock bowlers

Bowls Fiji President Radhika Prasad (3rd from right) presents the cash prize to the Suva Bowls Mens Team for winning the Hutson Cup at Nadi Sports and Social Club. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Dan Lum On-skippered Suva men’s team pulled off a surprise victory during the Shop N Save Supermarket sponsored Hutson Cup Bowls Championship at the Nadi Sports and Social Club greens yesterday.

The side with players such as Martin Fong, Matthew Robinson and Ramesh Chand defeated Tamavua 23-10 in the decisive match to finish ahead of favourites Sheraton which had the services of national reps David Aitcheson, Kushal Pillay and Rajnesh Prasad.

Suva collected 11 points after the end of the round robin competition.

Sheraton finished second with 10 points while Ba claimed the third spot with 9 points.

The Sheraton women’s team led by Sheral Mar, with veteran bowler Radhika Prasad, Doreen O’Conner and Loretta Kotoisuva remained unbeaten to grab the title.

The side won all their four round robin matches.

Tamavua defeated Vatukoula in a three-way playoff to claim the second spot.

Tournament controller Curtis Mar said the matches were completed early despite the wet conditions.

He said Suva proved to be the surprise package in the men’s section.

“The last time Suva won the title was back in 2007 when the side had the services of a very comical player, the late Semesa Coko.”

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