Borders pool players find it tough at the top

Scott Bowers - improving with age
Scott Bowers - improving with age
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AT the recent World Pool Championships all three Borders players received tough early draws.

Scott Simpson fell 7-4 to Shawn Preece from Wales having had several good chances but not capitalising on them while Ian McCombe also had a bad match by his standards losing 7-2 to Ibrahim Oberjee from the Reunion Islands.

With only 10 players from the original squad of 24 selected it was left to Scott Bowers to fly the flag in both the team event and the individuals.

The seasoned potter acquitted himself in good fashion, having great stats of 14 wins from 24, and beating a good few top players, including the current European Champion Keith Brewer and ex World Champ Alistair Baillie, while almost helping the team to make the Quarters. In his Singles tie Bowers agonisingly lost the final frame in a ding dong battle with Paul Allen from Wales 7-6.

Speaking after the event Simpson told TheSouthern: “It was a shame for Ian and myself not to make the team however Scott had a great championship and seems to get better with age.

“He thrives on the big names and team event and was unlucky not to be in the top ten stats.

“We are all looking forward to qualifying for next years squad now.”

This Saturday and Sunday sees the Scottish Masters take place at the Reivers Bar, Galashiels along with the Scottish Ladies and Mens Doubles event. Many of the local players are entered and will enjoy the experience of meeting the top Scottish players who are all desperate for ranking points.