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ABBOTSFORD

PLAYING catch-up due to the weather, the A team has played three matches since the last report.

Playing at home against Jedburgh, they were never behind, eventually winning 96-71. Two nights later they travelled to Ancrum, and, despite the rain and treacherous conditions, the match was completed with Abbotsford winning 82-67. A 96-66 victory over Wilton at home completed a trio of wins.

The B team played Hawick Wilton at home, but the match was stopped at 11 ends due to the weather conditions, with Wilton winning 45-31.

The ladies lost 5-0 in the league on Tuesday to Lauder.

The Graham’s Open Singles took place on Saturday and in the semi-finals Tommy Newall beat Kenny Johnstone 12-7 and John Purves beat Ivan Hogg 15-3.

In the final, Purves, playing his best bowls of the season, took an early lead and never looked back, winning 13-6.

The open day on Sunday was a great success, with more than 50 adults and youngsters turning up to try their hand at the sport. Everyone enjoyed their day and a number of applications were made to join the club.

Thanks go to the committee and the other volunteers who helped out.

BBA

THE second match in the Matt Purdie trophy for seniors was played with the team travelling to Broxburn to face West Lothian.

There was little between the two teams and with 10 ends completed, West Lothian had a slender advantage. In the last third of the match, however, it was the hosts who managed to move further ahead, finally winning by 57-45.

Best rink for the Borders was that of B. Patterson, J. Effingham, R. Bryson and W. Kerr.

BLBA

AN unlikely victory in the Torrance Purvis Scottish Top 10 competition sees the Border Ladies through to the semi-final stages at Wishaw in August.

In the first leg at Selkirk, they did manage to finish with four points, but were adrift on shot difference against a team from East of Scotland.

The return leg was at Bo’ness and the ladies succeeded in winning in two categories, making the teams level on eight points each.

They also knew that only a superior shot difference would pull them through, otherwise the match would go to East of Scotland.

The fours had done well to keep their match close and, spurred on by the rest of the team, they managed to finish with enough shots to ensure that the Borderers gained another magnificent win.

GALASHIELS

IT HAS been a very busy week, with the slight lull in the weather enabling the club to catch up on some matches rained off previously.

The A team began with a home fixture against Ancrum. During the majority of the match it looked like the previous away victory would be repeated, but Ancrum rallied towards the end and finished ahead.

The team moved on to play Melrose and this was the only match of the week which was in doubt. The green was deemed playable, but did become dangerous towards the end so the match was not completed. As enough ends had been played to force a result, it ended in another defeat.

On Friday, the team finally had a chance to play Jedburgh at home, the match having already been postponed twice. The result was yet another defeat, as was the home match against Kelso on Monday night, leaving the A team firmly rooted to the bottom of the first division table.

The seniors travelled to Buccleuch where, to keep up their chances of another league title, a win was a must.

At midway, the match looked to be slipping away from them. As the game progressed, however, one rink was well in front and a second rink. which had started badly, caught up. With the other two rinks also keeping their games very tight the team was able to sneak an unlikely win.

Their nearest rivals Wilton also won and therefore the two teams remain on the same points, with the Hawick side ahead on shot difference.

The team had its annual gents invitation on Saturday and the efforts of J. Dickson ensured that there were 15 teams taking part.

Some rare sunshine made a welcome change and following the round robin stages, the semi-finalists were Wilton, Waverley I, Gala I and Abbotsford.

The final was between Gala and Waverley which finished with victory for the Waverley team who collected the cup from past president Paul Greaves.

The club would like to thank event sponsor Thermoglaze.

LANGHOLM NEW TOWN

ALAN Brady and Gary Scott from Hawick won the Castle Craigs Cup at the open pairs bowling tournament last weekend.

In the final they beat the mother-and-son pair of Carolle and Paul Warwick from the host club.

Old Town pair Roy Park and Ian Henderson went out in the semi-finals and another local entry, Roger McMurdo and George Gordon, were also knocked out at that stage.

There was an entry of 38 and the tournament was sponsored by Betty and Ian Harkness, who made the presentations.

NEWCASTLETON

THE Langholm entry of Ian Scott and Roger McMurdo won the annual open pairs bowling tournament at the village club.

They beat Ron McCulloch and Scott Sinton in the final. Drew Rutherford and Danny Hetherington were knocked out in the semi-final, as were Joyce Dickie and Zenda Borthwick.

There was an entry of 31 and the trophy was presented to the winners by club president Stuart Beadle.