Wilton bowlers land league title

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BUCCLEUCH: Last Tuesday saw the senior men record a fine 12-shot win away to a strong Jed outfit. Best for the visitors were G. Moyes, J. Gray and W. Thomson (skip).

Also last Tuesday, Buccleuch’s Mary Martin was in action in the East of Scotland single-hand semi-finals against Nikki Cormack from Strathmiglo in Fife. And it was the Fifer who won by 21 shots to 14 on a rain-soaked Zetland green in Grangemouth.

Last Friday’s first leg of the Inverteviot tournament was played at the neutral Hawick club, and saw Buccleuch slip to a 65 shots to 60 defeat at the hands of town rivals Wilton. Best for Buccleuch were J. Notman, A. Martin, C. Easton and D. Gentleman (skip) 17-13.

Mary Martin played in Saturday’s Champion of Champions competition at Gala Waverley, and beat Newtown’s Marie Todd 21-16, before losing out in the afternoon to Gala Abbotsford’s Liz Waugh by 21 shots to 17.

Saturday also saw the staging of the annual Ex-President’s Invitational, in which 16 rinks played a round-robin format. In the final, C. Anderson, S. Spalding, F. Spalding and C. Spalding beat H. Chamberlain, L. Sykes, C. Hogarth and W. Thomson 5-4. The day concluded with a meal and dancing to Tripswitch.

In last week’s report it was erroneously stated that Buccleuch’s senior men had finished third in their league, when it should have read that it was the men’s side who had clinched third spot.

HAWICK: The seniors enjoyed a good 58 shots to 45 win at Newtown last Tuesday. Top rink for the Teries comprised W. Short, C. Anderson and G. Lyall (skip). Details: D. Jaffray 5 G. Lyall 18; M. McCall J. Reilly 14 12; J. Somerville 16 A. Wilson 20; J. Paterson 16 R. McDonald 6.

The ‘A’ team travelled to Lauder knowing that they were playing for second place in the league with Gala Waverley already champions, and it was the visitors who took the spoils in a one-sided match by 116 shots to 63. Top rink for Hawick was S. Johnstone, A. Wilson, K. Ford and L. Clarkson (skip). Details: L. Wilson 9 L. Clarkson 31; C. Ainslie 22 C. Spalding 21; B. Nisbet 15 S. Clarkson 20; B. Ogilvie 8 N. Amos 28; A. Gilchrist 9 M. Christy 16.

The ‘B’ team entertained Gala ‘B’ at home and they, too, enjoyed a comfortable win, the final score being 100 shots to 57. Tops for Hawick were D. Johnstone, J. Armstrong, B. Gray and B. Wear (skip). Details: J. Reilly 18 E. Czajka 18; W. Blaikie 22 K. Wilkinson 14; B. Wear 34 S. Chrisbas 9; K. Oliver 26 H. Clifton 16.

WILTON: Last Monday saw the ‘A’ team fall to an 81 shots to 65 defeat at Melrose. Top squad for the West Stewart place side was D. Gray, M. Notman, C. Rae and C. Macdougall (skip). Details: L. Haldane 21 A. J. Kyle 10; R. Nichol 10 S. Anderson 13; N. McNally 15 D. Reid 14; I. Crawford 23 R. Taylor 9; K. Johnstone 12 C. Macdougall 19.

Last Wednesday night, the ‘A’ team were beaten again, this time away to Abbotsford by 108 shots to 66. The only winning squad for Wilton was J. Thomson, F. Donaldson, R. Brady and R. Taylor (skip). Details: K. Campbell 26 K. McCartney 17; C. Hancock 23 A. J. Kyle 6; B. Anderson 27 C. Macdougall 14; A. Hancock 20 C. Sutherland 10; R. Taylor 19 T. Mann 12.

The ‘B’ team were in action at Kelso where they were defeated by 60 shots to 54. On the plus side, the West Stewart Place side had two winning combinations with the best squad being J. Blaikie, G. Turnbull, W. Greens and R. Redmond (skip). Details: C. Brown 7 L. Forrest 10; S. Leifer 17 J. Graham 12; J. Utterson 27 K. McCartney 10; J. Coleman 9 R. Redmond 22.

The ‘B’ team came out on top in last Wednesday’s league decider at home to Waverley ‘B’, pulling off a 69 shots to 42 triumph to lift the title. The Wiltonians’ best quartet was R. Drysdale, B. Stormont, M. Upton and J. Graham (skip). Details: W. R. Paterson 14 N. Kimber 12; R. Redmond 18 A. Gammie 11; B. Jaffray 16 S. Cunningham 11; J. Graham 21 R. Shearer 8.

Last Friday’s 15-end Inverteviot match on the Hawick green saw Wilton record a 65 shots to 60 win over Buccleuch. Top squad for the victors comprised J. Thomson, G. Lowrie, R. Taylor and S. Anderson (skip). Details: C. Macdougall 14 B. Gray 11; A. Brady 10 C. Miller 12; R. Brady 11 W. Thomson 12; J. Smyth 13 D. Gentleman 17; S. Anderson 17 G. Johnstone 8.

The last team match of the week was at home to Dudley, of Leith, and the hosts went into the game 39 shots up after the first match earlier in the season in Edinburgh. Wilton made it a double victory over their friends at West Stewart place, running out winners by 100 shots to 82. Top squad for the hosts was S. Fraser, B. Millar, R. Brady and C. Macdougall (skip). Details: D. Macdougall 19 R. Fyfe 13; W. R. Paterson 15 G. Fraser 19; G. Brownlee 18 S. Hawthorn 21; C. Macdougall 30 G. Flight 11; S. Anderson 18 P. Whitten 18.

Wilton president Alistair Taylor thanked the ladies for an excellent meal as well as the bar staff and the day was completed with a few entertainers.

Sunday’s Smart Trophy mixed pairs attracted a good entry of 15 combinations, and it was Margaret Graham and Stuart Anderson (skip) who recorded a 12 shots to nine victory over Diane and David Smart (skip) in the final. The beaten semi-finalists were June Robertson and Alistair Taylor (skip) and Sharman and Chris Macdougall (skip).