A fitting tribute to a true cricket gentleman

Both teams pose for a photo at the tea break
Both teams pose for a photo at the tea break

Bowling

Abbotsford

The senior team played a league match at home to Hawick, where the visitors proved too strong on the day and left with a convincing 76-49 victory. Tom Boyd skipped the only winning triple for Abbotsford.

The B team travelled to play Hawick B for a match that had been postponed earlier in the season. With nothing at stake, there was plenty of friendly banter between the players. Each team had two winning rinks, but Hawick managed to win overall by 63 shots to 50.

On Saturday, the ladies’ championship final was played between Liz Waugh and Margaret Brown. Liz soon assumed control of the match, speeding to a 17-3 lead. Margaret fought to the end, but Liz emerged as winner by 21-8. The victory provided Liz with her fifth championship and completed a hat-trick of wins over the last three years.

Liz was back in action on Sunday playing Libby Simpson in the Ladies President’s final. Libby held a lead for most of the match until the second last end, when Liz obtained three shots to level the score at 19-19. In the last end Libby lay with three shots until Liz trailed the jack to her back bowl. This was enough for Liz to win the match and retain the title.

The men’s championship final between Keith Campbell and Iain Macdonald is due to be played on Saturday at 11am.

On Sunday, September 14, there is an invitation triples tournament sponsored by David Hardie & Son, Funeral Directors.

Earlston

The Open Pairs competition took place on Saturday in bright, but blustery conditions. The winners were Neil Adams and Michael Scott who beat Mike Dillon and William Swanston (Melrose BC) in an entertaining final. Beaten semi-finalists were Andrew and Anne Black, and Barry Johnston and Martin Goodfellow. Thanks to Michael Scott Joinery Services for sponsoring the tournament.

Galashiels

On Saturday, the club held the second annual Open Junior competition and this time the number of entries had grown to 16, several of whom were girls.

The matches were keenly contested and, after the pool stages were completed, the top player in each of four groups qualified for semi-finals in which Michael Smyth (Wilton) beat Stephen Whittet (Melrose) and Taylor Johnston (Abbotsford) beat Zack Leifer (Kelso).

The final was fiercely contested and although Johnston was down by 10 shots to one he recovered to 13 shots to 11 before losing a count of two, giving Smyth victory.

After what had been a very successful day, the prizes were presented by Awdry Doyle on behalf of sponsors A. and A. Doyle. All 16 youngsters received a goody bag, with prizes being presented to the winner, runner-up and the losing semi-finalists. Consolation prizes were also given to the player finishing bottom of each of the groups.

Thanks were expressed to all who had helped on the day and the tub of ice-cream donated by Caldwells was very much appreciated by the youngsters.

Hawick

The week began with a Knock- Out Plate semi-final tie for the B team against Gala B, where tension in the early part of the game was soon overcome and the Hawick side settled into a good rhythm to emerge comfortable winners by 75 shots to 46. Top rink for the Hawick side was the Tony Anderson-skipped rink, supported by W. Short, S. Anderson and W. Blaikie.

The senior side travelled to Abbotsford and again came away with a good win, 76-49. Top rink was the A. Wilson rink, supported by T. Anderson and B. Wear.

The A team made the journey to play Gala Waverley in the semi-final of the Knock-Out Cup. But fortune favoured the Gala side, who emerged winners by 71 shots to 64.

Friday night saw the annual clash in the Inverteviot competition played between Wilton on the Buccleuch green. Wilton ran out winners by 82 shots to 53.

Newcastleton

The annual pairs tournament for the Margaret McDonnell memorial trophy took place last Sunday, with an entry of 24.

The winners, from the New Town club in Langholm, were Carolle Warwick and Ian Scott who beat Stuart Gilmour and his wife from Castle Douglas in the final. In the semi-finals, the eventual winners knocked out Margaret Thomson and Duncan Ritchie. Also put out in the semi-finals were Jemima Richardson and Alastair Elliot from the host club. Joe McDonnell presented the trophy to the winners.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors August Medal: A League winner, R. Horsburgh nett 35; B League winner, G.Turnbull 37.

The annual golf (Stableford) competition for the Ex-Cornets, Ex-Acting Father and Drums and Fifes was played over a sunny Vertish Hill on Sunday.

After a gap of some 19 years, the winner was stalwart member and leader of the Drums and Fifes, Ronnie Nichol, who emerged a comfortable winner by some nine points.

Result: 1, R. Nichol 45 points; 2, I. Huggan 36; 3=, J. Huggan, J. Richardson, M Davidson 35. Scratch: G. Tinlin 72.

The organisation greatly appreciated the sponsorship from various businesses around the town.

Jedburgh

Jed Tyre and Exhaust Centre Senior Open: 1, H. Hogg 36 points BIH; 2, D. Whillans 36 BIH; 3, E. Cockburn 36.

The club would like to thank Ian McGuigan at Jed Tyre and Exhaust Centre for his continued sponsorship of the Senior Open.

Kelso

Challenge Trophy: 1, I. Lauder nett 68; 2=, I. Ford, M. Ford 73.

JF Thomas Trophy: 1, P. Stewart 80 (14) 66; 2=, A. Roxburgh 75 (7) 68, G. Leifer 82 (14) 68.

Ladies’ nine-hole Stableford: Winner, B. Dagg.

SLGA Medal: 1, L. Wilson 77 (6) 71; 2, L. Anderson 106 (31) 75.

Melrose

Belhaven Invitation Greensomes: 1, K. Lochrie & C. Thomson nett 62.6; 2, S. Ervine & J. Nagle 63.8; 3, A. Brown & D. Weir 65.6. Scratch: G. Lackie & T. Yeomans 73.

Station Quaich: Winner, C. Dalgleish (18) nett 71. Scratch: L. Wallace 86.

Minto

Seniors’ Stableford League: 1, P. Barton 35 points; 2, R. Johnston 34; 3, C. Gibson 33. League positions: 1, T. Glendinning 72 league points; 2, J. Lunn 58; 3, R. Johnston 57.50.

Tuesday Stableford (end-of-season positions): 1, R. Latta 219 points; 2, I. Learmonth 218; 3, R. Elliott 217.

Junior Mitchell Trophy No 4: 1, F. Towers 85 (16) 69 lowest gross after countback; 2, R. Nichol 89 (20) 69; 3, A. Brown 93 (15) 78.

Gents September Medal: 1, C. Black 81 (15) 66 BL6; 2, A. Johnston 78 (12) 66; 3, A. Nichol 88 (21) 67.

Ladies’ Medal No 6: 1, L. Bruce 88 (20) 68 (Medal winner); 2, L. Moore 86 (13) 73; 3, J. Beattie 87 (12) 75. Scratch: S. Lees 88.

St Boswells

Ladies Vice-President’s 9 holes: 1, H. Rennie (12) 20 points; 2, S. Gant (15) 18; 3, J. Knox (8) 17. Division One: 1, R. Macdonald (7) 15 points; 2, A. Forrest (8) 13; 3, F. Melrose (8) 13. Division Two: 1, S. Gerard (15) 15 points; 2, L. Runciman (9) 15 ; 3, V. Shirra-Giibb (10) 14.

Torwoodlee

Order of Merit (Round 17): 1, I. Thomson 72 (7) 65; 2, J. Pollitt 80 (14) 66; 3, R. A. Lacon 70 (3) 67. Scratch: C. Riddle 68.

Autumn Dickson Cup Round 3 & August Medal: 1, R. Brydon 68 (2) 66; 2, J. MacDonald 87 (21) 66; 3, M. Jones 84 (17) 67. Dickson Cup Winner 2014: M. Horsburgh 68 and 62 = 130.

Sunday Stableford: 1, C. MacDonald 77 (8) 69 BIH; 2, C. Forsyth 78 (9) 69.

The Woll

Senior Open (Stableford): 1, J. Scott (Hawick) 39 points; 2, N. Simpson( Castle Park) 39; S. Johnston (Kilnwick Percy) 38.

Gents Open (sponsored by Scotbet): 1, A. Gillie (Woll); 2, R. Cowan (Woll); 3, J. D. Fleming (Darlington). Scratch: C. Riddle (Torwoodlee).

Entries are still being taken for the four-player team event this Sunday, sponsored by Caddon Design.

Homing

Earlston

Members sent 37 birds to Wakefield, liberated at 10am into a south-west wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, S. Hardie & Sons 1542.57; 4, 7, A. Simpson 1305.17

5, W. Gray & Son 1263.15; 6, 8, S. Martin 1222.82

Galashiels

Four members sent 18 pigeons to Wakefield, a distance of 146 miles. Result: 1, Douglas & Spearman 1112.771; 2, 7, 9, 10, 973. 676; 3, 5, W. Hopewell 947.775; 4, 6, 8, J. Ramage 907. 497.

Langholm

The club liberated 46 birds over 165 miles from Stafford with a west wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, R. V. Graham; 6, A. Henderson 1090.310; 8, W. Irving 1045.008.

Squash

Galashiels

League One: Dave Burnie 3 Del Sharratt 0 (9-5, 9-5, 9-2).

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 1 R. Kohler 1; A. Gill 2 R. McAleese 0; Olivia Lindsay 1 Oscar Lindsay 0; D. Burnie 2 L. Bertram 0; Oscar Lindsay 1 D. Sharratt 0; Olivia Lindsay 1 R. McAleese 0; D. Burnie 2 D. Sharratt 0; A. Gill 2 L. Bertram 0; D. Burnie 2 E. Rome 0; A. Gill 2 E. Rome 0.