Round the bowling greens

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BUCCLEUCH: Last Tuesday saw the seniors slip to a 53 shots to 46 defeat at home to Earlston/Melrose in the league. Best for the hosts were G. Godfrey, G. Brown and T. Edmison (skip).

Also last Tuesday, the ladies started their league campaign with a 33 shots to 22 win at Gala Abbotsford, taking the spoils in both rinks and all the points. Tops for the Teri outfit were E. Turnbull, F. Spalding, L. Sykes and M. Martin (skip) 18-12.

The men recorded an 85 shots to 79 success against visitors Stow in last Wednesday night’s league match. Best for the homesters were G. Godfrey, K. Neil, C. Eason and A. Martin.

HAWICK: Last Tuesday saw the seniors notch a hard-fought 64 shots to 52 win at home to Gala, who had won their first three matches of the season. Top rink for the hosts comprised C. Logan, W. Wells and G. Lyall (skip).

Details: G. Lyall 24 A. Lindores 7; T. Anderson 21 J. Dickson 6; A. Wilson 12 R. Fulton 19; W. H. Wear 7 L. Thin 20.

The ‘A’ team enjoyed a comfortable 92 shots to 60 victory in last Wednesday’s league tie at Selkirk. Top rink for the visitors was A. Oliver, M. Hogg, I. Ford and W. Anderson (skip). Details: H. Bell 12 S. Clarkson 19; D. McLeod 13 L. Clarkson 17; S. Hislop 12 N. Amos 19; C. McKinnon 13 M. Christy 17; I. Borthwick 10 W. Anderson 20.

The ‘B’ team’s home game against Kelso ‘B’ resulted in a 74 shots to 54 win for the Teries. Hawick’s top performes were J. H. Gray, A. McCredie, J. H. Reilly and C. Blaikie (skip). Details: C.Blaikie 27 T. Bell 9; T. Anderson 16 M. PLayfair 19; Rob Johnstone 11 J. Coleman 15; W. H. Wear 19 W Bell 11.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Hawick club plays host to the Hamilton Trophy game between the Borders and Stirling County East, with several local players in the Borders side. After the bowls, there will be a fun night in the clubhouse with a quiz and bingo to entertain the visitors.

WILTON: The ‘A’ team suffered a heavy 99 shots to 72 defeat at the hands of Jedburgh in last Wednesday’s David Lightbody-sponsored Border League match. The only winning squad for the West Stewart Place side was Alistair Taylor, Bruce Millar, Andy Renwick and Colin Sutherland (skip). Details: A.Brady 11 E. Lindores 24; S. Anderson 12 J. Taylor 15; C. Macdougall 12 G. Nagle 23; A. J. Kyle 17 D. Lightbody 20; C. Sutherland 20 R. Lindores 17.

Saturday saw the Borders Hamilton Trophy side – which included the Hawick club’s Colin Spalding, Bill Anderson, Scott Clarkson, Stuart Richardson and Kirk Ford, and Wilton’s Alan Brady – record a nail-biting three shot win over West Lothian at Kirkliston.

It was a disappointing day on Sunday for the Border Under-25s who lost out heavily to Midlothian at Coldstream. All three local clubs had representatives in the team, namely Simon Spalding, Reece Johnstone, Scott Clarkson, Kirk Ford, all Hawick); Buccleuch’s Tony Little; and Wilton’s Ryan Brady.

A good entry took part in the Douglas the Bookmakers-sponsored single-hand on Sunday. The semi finalists in the top half of the draw were Michael Smyth and Chris Macdougall, and it was the former who clinched victory by 12 shots to 10. In the bottom half of the draw, Bill Jaffray scored a single at the last ebnd to beat Andrew Kyle by 12 shots to 9. In the final, Smyth started well and led 8-1 after five ends. Jaffray hit back with a count of two shots, but Smyth won the next four ends with scores of 3, 1, 2, 1 to secure a victory by 15 shots to 3. Past-president Brian Stormont gave the vote of thanks and presented the prizes.

Monday night saw Wilton defeat Langholm New 3-2 in the new Border Top Five single-hand competition. The Wiltonians will now take on Hawick in the second round early next month.