A BUSY week kicked off with the first round of the Scottish mixed pairs competition, with Abbotsford being represented by Jackie Ormiston and Keith Campbell.
Their first round tie was played on the Selkirk green against Walkerburn and they came away with a comfortable win.
The following day the seniors visited Kelso, but were unable to turn around their recent misfortunes and recorded another defeat, while the same evening, the ladies travelled to Jedburgh and, with only one rink up, returned with two points.
The ladies have also been in action in the East of Scotland competition with mixed results. In the singles, Frances Macdonald was successful against the Kelso representative and progresses to the next round. The pairs and triples unfortunately do not progress, losing to Gala and Melrose respectively.
The A team travelled to face Ancrum and, although it was looking to be a big score, only managed to win by 13 shots in the end.
The B team continued their good run with a good win over Hawick B at home.
On Saturday the gents held their Vice-President’s Pairs competition and after a short rain delay the rather one-sided final saw George Kerr and Brian Anderson beat John Skinner and Kenny Johnstone.
This week, the club holds its Jock Wilson-sponsored Open Mixed Pairs. Entries are being accepted until 7pm this evening and can be made by contacting the club on 01896 753417.
ON Saturday the Borders was involved in what was a very important match in the Hamilton Trophy series.
This was the sixth of seven encounters in the series and the Borders, together with the opponents from West Fife, were in a position such that a win could seal a place in the quarter-finals.
Once again the weather was far from pleasant and, as the players travelled to Abbeyview in Dunfermline, there were doubts about the match going ahead.
On reaching the venue, however, the rain had largely subsided and play was able to start on time, even though it was still not the best of conditions for bowling.
West Fife made the better start and by 10 ends their lead had increased to a dangerous 32 shots, making the chances of recovery by the visitors increasingly remote.
To their credit, they did not give up, but although they prevented the gap from increasing they were unable to make much impression on the deficit, resulting in a loss for the local team.
Only one Border rink ended with a win – Reece Taylor (Wilton), Leighton Henderson (Gordon), Stuart Bebbington (Tweedmouth) and Alan Brady (Wilton).
The final game on Saturday is against East Lothian at Ayton and the Borderers have resisted thoughts of making any changes other than to cover for two players unable to play in this last match. However, it is a chance for Stuart Bebbington (Tweedmouth) to skip in place of Kenny Johnstone (Melrose).
On Monday, action moves on to the Matt Purdie competition for seniors. The warm-up game is at Kelso and any seniors wishing to be considered should contact Rob Fulton on 01896 754682 or Jim Cumming on 01289 306853.
The first actual match will be on Monday, July 4 – the opener in a series of six, three at home and three away.
LAST week saw a run of success for the Berwickshire bowlers, beginning with a narrow victory for the amalgamated Earlston/Melrose seniors team against Gala, keeping them in touch with leaders Jed at the top of the table.
On Wednesday, the men’s team played host to Wilton and they too enjoyed a win which saw them leapfrog their league rivals in Division One.
Sunshine greeted the large turnout of teams participating in the Langholm Roofing Services Open Pairs on Saturday, although by the time the semi-finals came round the heavens had opened, leaving the last four soaked to the skin.
Home duo Peter Scott (skip) and Pat McNally had cruised through their pool stages and managed to tread water long enough to sink Duns opponents Gordon Scott and Val Angus in an entertaining final. With the scores standing at 3-3 after five ends the Earlston duo grabbed a single in the last to take the title.