Dapto Citizens' Brian Harriott and Trevor Gillis have withstood a spirited fightback from Woonona's Ernie Ronald and Barry Martin to claim the Illawarra Champion of Club Champion Pairs.
Harriott, playing skip, and Gillis led 18-8 with six ends remaining but needed a two on the final end to break an 18-18 deadlock and secure a 20-18 win at Kembla Heights Bowling Club.
Even when coasting with a 10-shot lead Harriott was predicting trouble.
"I could see it coming," the 67-year-old multi-Zone 16 champion said.
"The sun had gone down behind the mountain and the green was two seconds slower and all our bowls were short.
"We had a big lead, looked to [be] cruising but once the sun was gone I knew we'd struggle.
"Barry and Ernie played some great ends, picked up a four, a three and then three singles and with one end to go it was all square.
"We almost blew it but got home on the winning post. In the end I guess it doesn't matter the margin just if you can find the finishing line."
Heading into the final Dapto Citizens won three matches by at least nine shots, with a 25-16 semi-final win over Jesse Noronha and Aaron Teys.
Harriott and Gillis beat Paul Luke and Mal Lyons (Towradgi) 27-15 in their quarter-final, after an opening round 25-16 win over Trent Thompson and Warren Turner.
Ronald and Martin also won three matches including a 23-22 thriller over Paul Sweeny and Kyle Johannes (Corrimal) and 25-13 win over Oak Flats' Mark Kiss and Michael McIntyre.
The tournament featured 19 Illawarra major pairs champions.
Harriott confirmed he would be leaving Dapto Citizens to return to Towradgi BC for the 2014 Illawarra pennant season.
Harriott said helping Towradgi win the state No 1 pennant crown in 2007 was his best moment in bowls.
"It's the pinnacle winning the state flag. I've won District titles in juniors, opens and seniors but the state pennant was the big one.
"It's the right time for me to go back to Towradgi. I live real close and at my age you get sick of travelling, so it's a good move and the club will have a few other signings too."
Harriott said the latest win was extra special for his Citos partner Gillis, who, after five times runner-up in the club's major pairs, has now claimed the club and Zone 16 pairs double.
"It's great for Trev, he's been so close in the pairs and now has a district title."
Harriott and Gillis will represent Illawarra Zone 16 in the NSW Champion of Club Champion Pairs at Belrose BC in November.
Albion Park's Ian Barrett is Illawarra's representative in the state Champion of Club Champion Singles, also at Belrose BC.