Borders seniors were looking for their first win of the Matt Purdie Series when they played their fourth match at West Linton against Midlothian.
The opponents had already beaten the Borders in the first match of the series held at Berwick and this one was very closely contested from the start.
After five ends Midlothian led by just three shots.
In the next five ends the situation changed with the Borders team moving ahead by a useful 10 shots with three of the four rinks ahead. But it was the last few ends which were pivotal.
With the ends running out, Midlothian fought back and moved in front again.
It looked likely that they would collect the win, but the Borderers were not about to give in. The first local rink to finish picked up four shots and with two rinks playing their last ends, Midlothian led by just two. The first of these rinks then gained four shots, putting the Borders two ahead, taking the pressure off the last rink, and with Midlothian needing three shots for victory, the Borders gained a further two to win by 59-55.
THE New Town Bowling club held its open pairs tournament last Saturday.
The winners were Zander Turnbull from the Old Town club and his playing partner Alistair Elliot of Newcastleton.
In the final they beat locals Sue Roebuck and Malcolm Johnstone.
Colin Turk and Billy Currie were beaten in the semi-finals by the eventual winners. Also knocked out in the semi-finals was Robert Rutherford and his playing partner from Newcastleton.
The tournament was sponsored by Betty and Ian Harkness and the Castle Craigs Cup was presented to the winners by the New Town club vice-president Neil Campbell. There was a good entry of 64 pairs.