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BUCCLEUCH: The senior men were at home to a combined Melrose/Earlston team in last Tuesday’s senior league clash, and the home outfit refused to be overrun by a visiting side who had been buoyed by a good win against Wilton the week before, recording one victory, two narrow two-shot losses and one draw

It was the good 20-8 win by Buccleuch’s H. Miller, K. Graham and G. Johnstone (skip) that proved pivotal for the home side who took victory by 54 shots to 46.

Also last Tuesday, the ladies were in league action at home to Wilton in the evening, and it was the strong visiting side who ran out convincing winners on both rinks and collected all five points.

the men were away to Gala for last Wednesday night’s first league game of the season, and in an enounter that could have gone either way, it was the hosts who notched a four-shot victory.

Best for Buccleuch were J.. Wallace, A Martin, R. Silver and C. Miller (skip).

Tomorrow sees the Buccleuch green being used for the Hamilton Trophy game between Borders and East Lothian.

HAWICK: Call-offs due to other commitments saw a reshuffled ‘A’ team record a very good victory at home to Newtown, who were also hit by call-offs, and only able to field three triples rinks, with the loss of a quarter of their shots as a result.

Top for Hawick was the Les Clarkson-skipped rink, who showed he’s still got what it takes with a 12-shot win.

Details: L. Clarkson 24 D. Jaffray 12; B. McDonald 17 D. Lockett 9; G. Lyall 13 D. Redburn 11¼; N. Amos 11 G. Smith 20; B. Anderson 16 M. McCall 9. Hawick 81 Newtown 61¼.

WILTON:The five-rink ‘A’ team hosted Jedburgh in the second round of Border League matches, and in what turned out to be a closely-fought encounter that swung one way and then the other, it was the home team who opened up a 33 shots to 26 lead, However, Jed fought back and surged ahead by 65 shots to 59 after 14 of the 17 ends.

Over the final three heads it was the Teries who outscored their opponents by 17 shots to 11 and were lying in a winning position with only one bowl to play. Doug Munro, the Jed skip, duly took one bowl away to dash Wilton’s hopes and level the score at 76 shots each.

Top squad for the home side comprised Elliot Halliday, Michael Notman, Ryan Brady and Colin Sutherland (skip).

Details: G. Brownlee 13 D. Munro 16; A. J. Kyle 14 E. Lindores 17; C. Macdougall 11 N. Hill 16; A. Brady 14 G. Nagle 13; C. Sutherland 24 R. Lindores 14. Wilton 76 Jedburgh 76.

The first league game for the Border Under-25s ended in disappointment against a more consistent Midlothian side who recorded wins on four of the six individual contests for a 45-shot victory on the Abbotsford green.

The Borderers had hoped to give their opponents a tougher game, but it must be said that it is not very often that they will score as many shots and not win a match.

Top for the Borders were Clark Skeldon (Ancrum), Darryl Riddell (Chirnside), Ross Neil (Eyemouth) and Callum Donaldson (Gordon). Local players in the side were Wilton’s Michael Smyth and Ryan Brady.

Details: R. Thorburn 10 D. Macdougall 36; J. Mitchell 24 J. Hanlan 19; R. Taylor 17 S. Ritchie 20; C. Donaldson 25 S. Runciman 15; A. Hancock 6 A. Kelly 29; M. Fairley 16 J. Aitken 24. Borders 98 Midlothian.

The Border seniors were defeated by two shots in their first Hamilton Trophy game of the season against the West Lothian at Newbridge, where they led for a good part of the contest before the homesters secured the win. Local players in the side were Wilton’s Alan Brady and Hawick’s Martin Christy jnr and Gary Scott (reserve).