Bowls round-up

From left: Jim West, president of Stow Bowling Club; pairs winners Kenny Johnstone and John Purves; and Allan Doyle of sponsor A & A Doyle Ltd, funeral directors.
From left: Jim West, president of Stow Bowling Club; pairs winners Kenny Johnstone and John Purves; and Allan Doyle of sponsor A & A Doyle Ltd, funeral directors.
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ABBOTSFORD

ABBOTSFORD A lost their last league game at Kelso, despite having more rinks up.

They then hosted Melrose in a tight first-round tie in the Knock-out Cup, winning by three shots.

Finals day takes place over Saturday and Sunday this weekend with Brian Anderson playing Thomas Newall in the final of the Championship.

Graham Prentice awaits Colin Hancock or Craig Turnbull in the President’s final, Brian Anderson meets Colin Hancock in the handicap final and it’s John Manczak versus Graham Prentice in the two-bowl final.

Sheets are up on the noticeboard for the last club competitions of the year – the Vice-president’s on Saturday, September 8; Confined Pairs on Saturday, September 15; and Woolfsen Trophy on Sunday, September 16.

BBA

HAWICK bowlers dominated the final stages of the Border Championships, picking up three winners from the six categories.

Held at the Wilton Bowling Club in Hawick, the home club achieved the rare feat of having five teams reach the semi-finals.

Rain forced the abandonment of play during the morning session and it was a tribute to the Wilton members that play was able to start again after a short delay.

In the final of the fours category Ronnie Nichol, Malcolm Scott, Colin Crook and Colin Sutherland of Wilton faced I. Cowan, G. Scott, Stuart Skeldon and Colin Skeldon of Ancrum. The Ancrum team featured at the Scottish finals and proved too strong for the home rink, running out comfortable winners.

In the senior fours, J. Elliott, J. Murdie, G. Brownlee and C. Rae of Wilton were up against Spittal, and the home side won 16-15.

Wilton were again represented by J. Smyth, T. Brown and C. Macdougall in the triples, but were unable to overcome Stow’s I. Swan, D. Tait and C. Tait as the Villagers won 15-11.

The pairs was very much a game of two halves, as Wilton’s Duncan Macdougall and Alan Brady trailed Ross Nichol and Craig Martin of Gordon by 17 shots after eight ends.

However, Macdougall and Brady won six ends in a row, gaining 16 shots, with three ends left to play.

But a count of three for Gordon in the next end proved enough to hold off the Wilton fightback.

In the junior singles, Kirk Ford of Hawick retained his title 21-13 over C. Cowan of Ancrum.

And the singles turned out to be a hard-fought battle between Hawick’s Martin Christy and Billy Nisbet of Lauder.

The match went into the final end with both bowlers needing a single for victory, and it was Christy who held his nerve to draw the winning shot with his last bowl.

STOW

THE A & A Doyle Funeral Directors Open Pairs Competition was played in fine summer weather on Sunday, with entries from Abbotsford and Waverley in Galashiels; Peebles; Gorebridge; Lauder and Stow.

Abbotsford pair Kenny Johnstone and John Purves emerged victorious in the final.