The Border Bowling League 2013, sponsored by drlightbodypainters.co.uk, concluded last week on a night which saw some rare showers.
The two teams in contention to win the Division One title, Melrose and Waverley, both won their final games, leaving the top of the table tighter than it has been for a few years.
At the end of the day, however, it was Melrose who claimed the title by a single point from their Galashiels-based rivals. Abbotsford had a good final win to stay third, followed by Kelso, Jedburgh and Earlston. Ancrum lost against Abbotsford, but their win over the champions the previous week meant they had secured their Division One spot already.
Wilton and Selkirk were the two teams in danger of being relegated along with Ettrick Forest, who were already resigned to their fate. Selkirk beat Kelso in their final game, but despite drawing level on points with Wilton, the Souters were relegated on shots difference.
Hawick were runaway winners of Division Two, losing just two games. In a four-way fight for second spot, it was Lauder who clinched promotion with a final game win at Gala, St Ronans missing out narrowly once again on promotion. They will be joined in next year’s Division Two by Buccleuch, Gala, Stow, Peebles and Newtown, as well as Selkirk and Ettrick Forest.
Wilton B won Division Three when they had a walkover in their last game against Gala. Waverley B finished a close second, just one point behind.
Attention now turns to the Knock Out Cup and Plate Tournaments which started with preliminary games on Friday, August 16.
All league titles will be presented at the Knock Out Cup finals day at Abbotsford on Saturday, September 14.
The Earlston green is the venue for the Border Bowling Association play-offs on Saturday with a 10am start, see fixtures below for more details.