Bowers is Borders’ top potter

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THE Player of the Year final saw all the top Borders players converge on Newtown for a pulsating competition.

Top seed Colin Drummond crashed out in the first tie to Callum Riddle and John Jardine lost to Stuart Farrell, both victors from the Second Division.

Another big name to depart the first round was current internationalist Craig Reid, who lost out to teammate Scott Simpson.

In the quarters, Riddle again upset the form book, potting Gogs Watson off the table, while Simpson edged Ian McCombe and Scott Bowers and Craig Montgomerie ended Johnny Jones and Farrell’s hopes respectively.

The first semi-final went to Montgomerie in a last-black thriller, ending Simpson’s great run after winning the league singles the previous week.

The second semi saw Riddle eventually surrender after two brilliant frame wins to superior safety from Borders number one Bowers.

An intriguing final with two contrasting styles of play was set up, but Montgomerie succumbed to the consistent Bowers in a rather one-sided final, with a combination of snookers and good clearances.

Bowers added: “I enjoyed the day and always felt good, but it’s never easy against the top boys and young guns.

“Experience saw me through in the end.”