D. R. Lightbody Border Bowling League Weeks 12 and 13

ABBOTSFORD

IN Border League Division Three, Abbotsford B faced Kelso B at home and after a closely-fought contest the latter ran out winners by five shots.

The A team travelled the short distance to Waverley for what was a must-win game as regards their Division One title aspirations.

Unfortunately, Waverley were always in front and, despite a late push by Abbotsford, won the contest by 10 shots.

The ladies played their triples competition with the winning trio comprising Margaret Brown, Ella Stewart and Liz Waugh (skip), while in the ladies’ Silver Jubilee tournament, Margaret Brown was again successful, along with Jackie Ormiston (skip). The ladies’ league game was away at Newtown and, with one rink winning, two points were secured.

Sunday saw an entry of 36 for the Thomas Graham Open Singles, and in the semi-finals John Purves eventually overcame Tommy Newall on an extra end, while Colin Hancock scraped past Stewart White in a closely-fought tie.

The final saw Purves take an early 5-1 advantage before Hancock fought his way back into the contest, took the lead and held out to triumph.

The club is again indebted to Thomas Graham for its continued sponsorship of this tournament.

BBA

THE third match in the Matt Purdie series for seniors was against Stirlingshire East at Polmont.

The Borders team started well and on completion of five ends had built up a useful lead of 10 shots. At this same stage three of the four rinks were ahead and hopes were high for a positive result.

But in the next five ends, Stirling fought back and the lead was cut to a single shot.

Soon after, Stirling took the lead and, as the available ends began to run out, the Border challenge wilted, losing in the end by 19 shots.

GALASHIELS

LAST week’s away match to Kelso resulted in a very welcome second win of the season for Gala A.

The match started well for the visitors and, although one rink was suffering badly, two others were having some success and at the end of the match the shot difference was in Gala’s favour.

For the seniors there was an away match against league leaders Jedburgh.

Things did not start well for Gala and the hosts built up a useful lead.

It was only towards the end that a couple of Gala rinks were able to take the initiative – too late to prevent the team losing the match, allowing Jedburgh to consolidate their position.

Neighbours Waverley were the visitors for the ladies. One rink was ahead throughout, while the other rink found it more difficult. However, on the last end they managed to move ahead and, with both rinks up on the night, Gala earned a maximum five points.

The B team also played at home against Division Three leaders Ettrick Forest. The visitors proved too strong for a depleted home team and were soon ahead by a significant amount of shots. There was no way back for Gala, but one rink did perform very well and came away with a well-earned victory.

On Friday the ladies’ championship final took place between Gail Lindores and Naz Rutherford. It was the first time in the final for Rutherford and on this occasion she was unable to match her very experienced opponent.

The club held the annual men’s invitation event on Saturday and, with very pleasant weather conditions all day, there were 16 teams competing in a round-robin format.

The winners of each section in the semi-finals were from Melrose, Portobello and Selkirk, plus a team representing the Border Bowling Association.

In the semis, Selkirk defeated the BBA team, while Portobello were successful against Melrose.

The final was a very competitive match, but in the end it was a win for Portobello to end an excellent day.

The club is indebted once again to the generous support given by Thermoglaze.

BORDER BOWLING LEAGUE

IT’S all over bar the shouting in the top flight of the 2011 D. R. Lightbody Border Bowling League with a decisive 106-57 home victory against Ancrum on Monday night clinching the title for Melrose.

In Division Two Jedburgh made amends for the previous week’s defeat to Buccleuch with a mammoth win against St Ronan’s, but could still be toppled from the top by second-place Hawick who still have a game in hand.

A huge points difference total for Ettrick Forest in the third division also makes them untouchable.

With no relegation due to the new 10 team two-league format next season teams in the lower regions of the tables are safe.