WITH the weather and common ridings keeping the numbers low, it was left to quality rather than quantity at the fifth Borders Pool League Tour event.
Hosted by the Reivers Bar in Galashiels, the shock of the quarter-finals was Tour leader Ian McCombe going down tamely to Gary Patterson. Darren McGurk showed some good form when knocking out Ally Mooney and Kieran Riddell pushed Scott Bowers all the way before going down by the odd frame, leaving new favourite Scott Simpson to cruise through against Jason Bowers.
The semis proved equally exciting with Simpson edging Patterson via a last-frame clearance, while Bowers just got the better of McGurk.
Tactics and excellent potting was the order of the day in the final. Again the match went to the last frame where Bowers went in off the black to hand the title to Simpson.
The Scottish Senior Tour descended on the Reivers on Sunday and a long day saw local kingpin Scott Bowers turn in a brilliant performance to reach the final where he went down 5-3 to top internationalist Derek Ahern (Aberdeen).
Bowers won all four matches in his group before beating Andy Kelly (Dumfries) and Scottish captain Dave Styles in the knock-outs.
The final proved to be a step too far and after being 3-2 up he succumbed to brilliant safety play.
Bowers said: “I played my best pool for a while, despite being the underdog in most of the games. To beat almost half the international squad was mind blowing.”