Senior bowlers do battle in Border league

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BUCCLEUCH: Last Tuesday, the seniors got off to a winning start in the Border league with a 59 shots to 55 victory away to the Hawick club. Best for the visitors were E. Barker, E. Collie and F. Spalding (skip).

The seniors were back in Border league action last Thursday and maintained their fine form with a 51 shots to 43 win at home to Wilton. The trio of E. Barker, E. Collie and F. Spalding (skip) were again Buccleuch’s top performers.

Thanks to all who supported the coffee morning. This year’s proceeds go to the ladies’ 50-year anniversary celebrations.

HAWICK: Last Tuesday saw the start of the Border seniors league, with Hawick opening on a losing note at home to town rivals Buccleuch. Played on a bitterly cold morning, the match was a ding-dong battle throughout, with the hosts leading by three shots going into the last end, before losing eights shots which saw the visitors edge victory by 59 shots to 55. Top rink for the Hawick side comprised Drew Johnstone, Jim Gray and Bobby McDonald (skip). Details: R. McDonald 16 W. Thomson 4; A. Wilson 18 C. Birchley 17; G. Lyall 13 T. Edmison 10; T. Anderson 8 F. Spalding 28.

Last Thursday, the seniors were at Jed for their second Border league fixture of the week, and a very disappointing display by the visitors ensured they were well and truly trounced by 82 shots to 42. The only Teri rink to record a win were Wullie Wells, Charlie Logan and Graham Lyall. Details: J. Taylor 32 A. Wilson 7; F. Gallacher 10 G. Lyall 13; G. Somerville 20 W. Blaikie 10; H. Fisher 20 R. McDonald 12.

WILTON: Saturday’s David Craig Motors Open Pairs saw 16 combinations playing a round-robin format of three games of eight ends. Section winners were: Mike Upton and Stuart Anderson (skip), Davy Gentleman and Kenny Lyle (skip), David Gray and Colin Sutherland (skip), and Campbell Anderson and Kenny McCartney (skip).

In the semi-final between Gray and Sutherland and Upton and Anderson, it was the former who started well and led by six shots to one after four of the eight ends. However, Upton and Anderson added three shots to their total to narrow the deficit (6-4). Gray and Sutherland were not to be denied, though, and won two of the last three heads and by 9 shots to 5.

The second semi was a nip-and-tuck affair with seven singles and two shots being scored, and resulted in a narrow five shots to four success for Anderson and McCartney over Gentleman and Lyle.

After six of the eight-end final, Gray and Sutherland held a two-shot advantage (5-3) and added scores of 1, 3 to secure the spoils by 9 shots to 3.

Club president Michael Notman thanked David Craig for his support and everyone who helped on the day before handing over the prizes.