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Last Wednesday saw the Buccleuch men recording a comfortable 85 shots to 45 home victory over Newtown in the Knockout Cup. Best for the hosts, who were up in all five rinks, were D. Neil, C. Easton, B. Gray and K. Graham (skip) 23-3.

THE men took on Wilton on the neutral Hawick green in last Friday’s Inverteviot tie, and it was the Wiltonians who eventually overcame a determined Buccleuch outfit by 69 shots to 54. Best for Buccleuch again were D. Neil, C. Easton, B. Gray and K. Graham (skip) 15-10.

THE club played host to the ladies’ champion of champions competition on Saturday, and this year’s saw Newtown’s Marie Todd taking the spoils with a 21 shots to 16 victory over Buccleuch’s Marion Person.

Hawick: The seniors travelled to Peebles for what turned out to be a closely-fought league match, which saw the visitors eventually running out winners by 69 shots to 47. Top rink for the Teries was Drew Johnstone, Jim Gray and Bobby McDonald (skip). Details: A. Bower 9 R. McDonald 26; T. Ramsay 13 A. Wilson 14; A. Cullen 14 J. H. Reilly 10; B. RawLings 11 G. Lyall 19.

SUNDAY saw the playing of the Alan Barker Triples, when 28 players were split into two groups, comprising four squads of four and four triple rinks.

The winners of each section met in the final, and it was Les Clarkson, Rob Johnstone and Irene Wilson who emerged worthy winners against Graham Lyall, Doris Willison, Dave Johnstone and Reece Johnstone.

The club would like to thank the the Barker family for their continued support.

WILTON: Last Wednesday night saw the West Stewart Place outfit crash out of the Cup in a first-round tie at Melrose (86-51). Top quartet for the visitors comprised Jimmy Murdie, Alistair Taylor, Duncan Macdougall and Chris Macdougall. Details: B. Swanston 14 A. Brady 15; K. John stone 15 A. Waugh 7; L. Haldane 17 A. J. Kyle 10; N. McNally 9 C. Macdougall 17; I. Crawford 31 C. Sutherland 2.

Earlston was the venue for the Border Bowling Association play-offs on Saturday, and the junior single-hand title was won by Scott Morrison (Langholm Old) who played really well to ge the better of Waverley’s Liam Nicholson in the final.

In the pairs, Gordon’s Kevin Donaldson and Craig Martin (skip) beat Dave Buglass and David Luggett (skip) of Chirnside in the final.

The triples saw the Wilton squad of John Smyth, Bill Jaffray and Reece Taylor (skip) securing a well-earned victory with a few shots to spare in the final against Melrose’s Craig Brown, Mickey Patterson and Neil McNally (skip).

In the fours, Wilton’s Mark Hogarth, Eddie Pollard, Andrew J. Kyle and Colin Sutherland (skip) were edged out after an extra end in their semi-final against Jedburgh’s Alistair Law, Rob Hogg snr, Jim Straker and Steven Fisher (skip). The final was won by the Spittal squad of John Lee, Peter Dixon, Ray Allen and John Renton (skip) who defeated Jedburgh.

Brian Anderson (Abbotsford) defeated Ivan Hogg (Ettrick Forest) by 21 shots to 19 in the final of the single hand.

The Border Under-25s were well-placed to qualify after two games in Sunday’s Calder Cup Top Nine Competition, with Kirk Ford (Hawick) and Reece Taylor (Wilton) the local players who were in the team. However, in their last game against Glasgow, they could only win one of the three combinations, and this result meant that their opponents were in the semi-finals.

SEVERAL finals have recently been decided at Wilton, the first of which was on Sunday afternoon when the ladies’ championship was won by Sharman Macdougall, who emerged victorious by 21 shots to 17 following a hard-fought final against Irene Bennett.

Sunday also saw the staging of the ladies’ handicap final, and it was Diane Smart (4) who gained the glory with a 21-16 win over Lynn Nicol (scratch).

On Monday night, the gents’ final saw Reece Taylor taking control of matters against Alan Waugh before wrapping up a 21 shots to nine triumph, completing an excellent week for the former folllowing his Border triples win. Reece has also now qualifed for the champion of champions event.

The gents’ handicap title was also decided on Monday night, and Chris Macdougall (scratch) took the honours by 21-15 against Daniel Smyth (9).