CHIRNSIDE are leading the way for the Borders bowlers competing the National Finals at Ayr this week with their senior rink having made it through to today’s final.
Mick Morrison, Brydon Simpson, Dave Buglass and Dave Lugget began their quest at Northfield on Tuesday when they squeezed through against Dunfermline (13-11).
Yesterday wins against Castle Douglas (19-10) and Westermains (15-10) secured the Berwickshire outfit a place in today’s final which begins at 9.30am.
Chirnside are also though to the semi-final stages of the Women’s Fours which will be played tomorrow (4.30pm). The Borders team has reached the Ayr finals twice and won both times in 2006 and 2007.
Representing the club this time round are Helen Kenny, Veronica Cockburn, Kay Purvis and Shiela Douglas. Wins over Kirn & Hunters Quay (28-2) and Strathmiglo (16-13) earned them a match against Dunblane in the last four. Kenny competed in the Senior Singles also but was beaten (21-16) by Catherine Kinnear of Rattray in the opening round.
Also still progressing for the Borders clubs are the St Ronans Gents Rink of Jojo Dougall, Andrew Borthwick, Derick Pearce and Robert Crawford who beat Kelvinside 19-8 in the opening round. They play Bathgate in the next stage at 9.30pm this morning.
Elsewhere at Ayr Galashiels Ladies Senior Rink of Anne Forsyth, Naz Rutherford, Moira Blyth and Gail Lindores are on their way home. The Ladies won their first round match (15-12) before falling to Newburgh yesterday.
Also on their way back to the Borders are Anne Blacklock, Sandra Blacklock and Marie Todd of Newtown who were ousted in the second round of the Two Bowl Triples by Colville Park after beating Cambus in their opener.
Also put out in the second phase were Val and Ian Angus of Duns Park who beat Kinniel (20-5) in the first round before going out (16-13) to Kinnoull.
Berwick’s Gordon Case was put out in the opening round of the Senior Singles by Stewart Banks of Dumbarton (21-16).
Tomorrow sees the start of the Triples, Pairs and Singles competitions which all have Borders representation.