THE Borders’ Mr Pool Scott Bowers and teammate Craig Reid travelled to the European championships in Malta.
Reid, making his international debut, met top English pro Lee Kendall. Although outclassed 6-0, he can hold his head high as he bounced back in the team event to record seven wins against class opponents. Despite losing eight, Reid’s experience will give him confidence for the future.
Bowers lost 6-1 to a top Maltese player, but was top scorer in the team events with a tremendous five wins out of five against European and world champions England.
Reid said: “What an experience – it’s hard to put into words. Scott had to help calm me down at times, but it was totally brilliant overall. I can’t wait for the home internationals later in the season.”
Back at home the first division title was blown wide open as lowly Bridge A produced a brilliant display to gun down leaders Waverley A. Chasing teams Niki’s A luckily held off their B side who squandered many chances and St Boswells Legion sunk Ship A.
Champs White Swan Earlston kept a good run going to maul the Red Lion.
In division two Fleece consolidated their top position, while High Level and the Abbotsford kept up the pressure behind them. Waverley B found some old form to hammer Kings Arms.
Division one: White Swan (Earlston) 7 Red Lion (Kelso) 4; Bridge A (Gala) 8 Waverley A (Hawick) 3; Nikis B (Gala) 3 Nikis A (Gala) 8; Ship A (Melrose) 3 St Boswells Legion 8.
Division two: Abbotsford (Gala) 9 Bridge B (Gala) 2; High Level (Hawick) 7 Ship B (Melrose) 4; Fleece (Selkirk) 8 White Swan (Kelso) 3; Waverley B (Hawick) 9 Kings Arms (Melrose) 2.