30 Jul 2012

Nathan Stratford wins UK shearing final

2:06 pm on 30 July 2012

Southland shearer Nathan Stratford has taken the final honours in the New Zealand shearing team's UK tour.

He outpaced teammate John Kirkpatrick and another champion, David Fagan, to win the open final of the Corwen Shears in North Wales.

It gave New Zealanders a clean sweep of all eight open finals on the tour. Five of them were won by Kirkpatrick.

The New Zealand team was less successful in its UK test series, winning four matches and losing three.