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World class Gary McNabb aims to master field

Gary McNabb may have nudged his way into the SMPT top 10 world rankings last weekend, but he's out to enhance his growing reputation in the IIBA's Masters Pairs at the Watson Stadium tomorrow.

The Fintona man enjoyed his finest hour in last month's UK Open at Bromsgrove when he popped the bubbly following his maiden SMPT victory.

He then made a decisive impact in the Ramada Plaza Hotel Irish Open at Shaws Bridge seven days ago, forging his way through to the last 32 before eventually being eliminated by fellow countryman Ivan Craig.

But he still reeled in enough ranking points to elevate himself into the top 10 that includes Northern Ireland players Mark Beattie, Jal Richardson and the husband and wife duo, Joe and Pauline Beattie.

It's no coincidence, that they'll all be involved in the Irish Masters Pairs tomorrow.

Organisers are disappointed that they didn't reach their target in terms of entrants, but the starting field will still boost some of the best short mat bowlers in the country.

"The tournament was a great success last season, it's just a pity the organisers didn't reach the original target," said McNabb. "But it's still a quality field and a great tournament to win."

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