BOWLS SCOTLAND PLAY-OFFS
Local interest in Sunday’s Bowls Scotland play-offs at Jedburgh – the winners of which qualify for the national championships – was centered on the ladies’ and gents’ senior fours and senior single-hand.
On rink one, the Wilton squad of June Robertson, Joan Kyle, Betty Gibson and Irene Bennett (skip) battled their way to a 19 shots to 13 victory over the home team, skipped by Irene Watters,
In the gents’ senior fours, Wilton’s Alistair Taylor, Michael Notman, Rikky Paterson and Bruce Millar (skip) had it tough against Brian Holloway, Donald Wilkinson, Brian Lennon and Eddie Skelly (skip), before taking control to win by 15 shots to nine.
In the ladies’ senior singles, the Hawick club’s Alison Clarkson sealed victory by 21 shots to 12 against Spittal’s Sandra McLeish in a very good match.
The second session of play saw the Hawick lady four of Irene Wilson, Mary Riddell, Pat Brady and Joyce Dickey (skip) defeat a Waverley squad skipped by Alison Murray by 19 shots to 18. Ancrum won the gents’ pairs with Ronnie McCulloch and Jimmy Renwick getting the better of Abbotsford’s Scott Thomson and Gordon Bowers.
The final session was the single-hand and triples, and in the gents’ final of the former, Ayton’s Stuart Bebbington beat Hawick’s Bill Anderson by 21-12. In the triples, Hawick’s Colin Spalding, Ewan McGregor and Norrie Amos (skip) lost out by six shots to 15 against Gordon.
Last Tuesday, the senior men travelled to Newtown for a league game which saw the scores even at the halfway stage. With two ends to go, it was still anybody’s, and the visitors dug deep to record a 57 shots to 52 victory, mainly due to their top triple of B. Rorrison, M. Bell and C. Birchley scoring a 24-6 win.
Also last Tuesday, the ladies picked up all five points and a 34 shots to 25 victory at home to Jedburgh in the league. Details: H. Chamberlain, F. Spalding, L. Sykes and M. Martin (skip) 17-11; and E. Turnbull, C. Stitt, M. Pearson and C. Hogarth (skip) 17-14.
The men lost last Wednesday’s league match at Ettrick Forest by 88 shots to 83. Best for the Teries were A. Brown, J. McLeod, K. Graham and M. Bell (skip) 20-10.
Last Tuesday saw the seniors taste defeat at home to league leaders Ettrick Forest/Selkirk who ran out easy winners by 66 shots to 48. Top rink for the hosts comprised W. Wells, C. Anderson and G. Lyall (skip). Details: J. H. Reilly 8 S. Henderson 19; R. McDonald 8 D. Carruthers 23; A. Wilson 12 T. Brown 15; G. Lyall 20 D. Macleod 9.
The ‘A’ team came away with a very good 97 shots to 75 success at Gala Waverley last Wednesday night. Top rink for the visitors was R. Bell, G. Lyall, S. Spalding and M. Christy (skip). Details: D. Wilson 15 L. Clarkson 28; R. Thorburn 20 W. Anderson 10; R. Crawford 18 S. Clarkson 14; D. Miller jnr 12 N. Amos 21; R. Nicholson 10 M. Christy 24.
The ‘B’ team’s match against Gala ‘B’ was cancelled after Gala were unable to raise a team.
Last Thursday’s Davie Johnstone Memorial Open Triples tournament saw 18 teams do battle from around the Borders, before the Buccleuch rink of G. Godfrey, E. Collie and T. Edmison (skip) took the spoils in the final against the Hawick trio of C. Logan, K. Oliver and W. Blaikie. Past president Rob Johnstone, the eldest son of the late Davie, presented the prizes.
The annual blue riband event on the local bowling calendar, the Pow Cup, got under way on Monday night, and the final will be held on the Hawick club green tonight (Friday), with the trial ends at 6.15pm.
Saturday’s six-rink mixed friendly at home to Buccleuch, played over 18 ends, saw the West Stewart Place hosts record a win by 103 shots to 94. Top rink for Wilton comprised R. Scott, J. Kyle, B. Gibson and M. Notman (skip). The visitors’ best were S. Harris, D. King, A. Brown and M. Martin (skip). Details: G. Brownlee 8 M. Martin 24; J. Smyth 15 A. Martin 17; M. Notman 23 C. Birchley 11; D. Gentleman 23 G. Johnstone 18; W. R. Paterson 20 G. Brown 9; J. Graham 14 L. Sykes 15.