Round the bowling greens

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LAST Tuesday saw the seniors gaining a league victory at Newtown, where of the three triples played, Buccleuch were up 20 shots, and with Newtown failing to field the full other triple, the home team suffered a ten-shot penalty. Best for Buccleuch were E. Barker, K. Lyle and F. Spalding (skip) 25-6.

ALSO last Tuesday, the ladies game away to Melrose was cancelled because of the weather and is to be rescheduled.

THE men were in league action last Wednesday at the Hawick club who are top of the table. And it showed with a fine win by the home team by 95 shots to 62. Best for Buccleuch and their only rink up comprised G. Godfrey, R. Little , K. Graham and J. Edmison (skip) 19-13.


THe open pairs ended in familiar fashion with home pairing Graham Lyall and Wullie Wells coming out on top for a remarkable fifth time.

The trimphant duo got the better of Alison Clarkson and Zenda Borthwick, also of the Hawick club, in a keenly-contested final.

Beaten semi-finalists were C. Spalding and G. Scott, Hawick, and A. McCulloch and A. Hogg.

LAST Tuesday saw the seniors travel to the Gala club, where the home side put out a very strong team and emerged winners by 75 shots to 51. Top rink for Hawick was the trio of W. Wells, C. Logan and G Lyall (skip).

Details: J. Dickson 30 F. Willison 6; R. Fulton 7 G. Lyall 21; M. Blyth 25 R. McDonald 10; L. Thin 13 A. Anderson 14

The ‘A’ team played host to near neighbours Buccleuch in last Wednesday’s league clash, and it was the home side who notched a good 95 shots to 62 victory to maintain their position as league leaders. Top rink for Hawick was the N. Amos-skipped squad.

Details: G. Lyall 16 W. Thomson 11; C. Spalding 13 T. Edmondson19; L. Clarkson 21 B. Gray 11; M. Christy 14 D. Gentleman 13; N. Amos 31 C. Miller 8.


last Wednesday’s leage match at home to Earlston saw the West Stewart Place men starting well and with a few ends to plat across the green they were in front by 12 shots.

However, the last three heads turned the match in favour of the visitors who went on to record a win by 79 shots to 76. A very disappointing result for the home team who are perilously close to the relegation zone with six games remaining.

The hosts had three winning squads, one draw and one defeat, with the home ‘sweep’ winners being Jock Elliot, Alistair Taylor, Duncan Macdougall and Chris Macdougall (skip).

Details: R. Taylor 14 S. McNally 13; A. J. Kyle 14 P. McNally 14; C. Sutherland 17 R. Beattie 15; A. Brady 11 N.Kellett 21; C. Macdougall 20 G. Cessford 16.

LAST Friday night’s Top Ten clash at home to Selkirk saw the singles being won by the Souters’ Colin McKinnon who defeated Alan Brady by 21 shots to 17. However, Brady had fought back from 18-5 down and helped his side’s overall shots total.

The pairs was contested between Wilton’s Stuart Anderson and Chris Macdougall (skip) and Dave Carruthers and Stuart Henderson (skip) with the hosts winning by 20 shots to 10.

The triples was a close run-match with Jock Elliot, Graham Brownlee and Alan Waugh (skip) edging past Graeme Smith, Harry Bell and Ian Borthwick (skip) by 12 shots to 10.

In the fours between Bruce Millar, Duncan Macdougall, Andrew Kyle and Colin Sutherland (skip) and Tom Yeomans, Keith Nixon, Ewan McGregor and Scott Hislop (skip), the latter squad were seven shots to six in front after nine of the 17 ends. At this point, the home squad hit a purple patch by winning the next five ends with scores of 3, 1, 1, 3 and an elusive full house of eight shots to take a commanding lead before securing victory by 25 shots to 7.

This was a good team performance from the West Stewart Place oufit and their next tie is tonight’s away clash at Ettrick Forest.

THE annual rinks Local Tournament, which is contested between four rinks from the Buccleuch, Hawick and Wilton clubs for custody of the Robert Scoon Trophy, was decided on Saturday at Wilton.

Played as a knock-out over 13 ends, the first semi-final was between Wilton’s Tom Brown, Andrew Dickson, Jim Murdie and Colin Sutherland (skip) against Hawick’s Bert Dunlop, Kirk Ford, Les Clarkson and Martin Christy (skip), and with two heads to play the last-named were 12-9 ahead, However, the Wilton quartet then recorded scores of 5, 1 to win the semi by 15 shots to 12.

In the semi final between Brian Stormont, Alistair Taylor, Stuart Anderson and Alan Brady (skip) Wilton and Brian Gray, Colin Easton, Kenny Lyle and Tom Edmison (skip) Buccleuch the Edmison led quartet led by 16 shots to 5, however, Brady’s four hit back with scores of 4, 2, 1 to close the deficit to 16-12 at the end of the 13 ends.

After nine of the 15-end final, the score was 9-8 for the Edmison-led team, and over the next five heads the home side added 2, 1, 3, 1, 1 to their tally to seal a 15 shots to nine win.