Singles struggle, but Scots team on fire in Blackpool

The Borders representatives at the World Pool Championships. From left: Ian McCombe, Scott Bowers, Scott Simpson and Craig Reid. Not pictured, Craig Moir
The Borders representatives at the World Pool Championships. From left: Ian McCombe, Scott Bowers, Scott Simpson and Craig Reid. Not pictured, Craig Moir
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A QUINTET of local hot shots made the journey to Blackpool to compete in the 2011 World Pool Championships.

Scott Bowers, Craig Reid and Ian McCombe all competed in the singles, with Bowers and Reid also playing in the team events, while Scott Simpson and Craig Moir took part in the World Masters.

McCombe started things off in the qualifiers, with only eight players going through to the first round. Playing some great pool, the Hawick Waverley ace qualified in style to meet top Australian Terry Bond, and though acquitting himself well, eventually went down 6-3.

Bowers also went out 6-1 to the Australian, while Craig Reid lost 6-1 to English pro Ian Davenport. Both play for the Reivers Bar, Galashiels.

Tough draws for all three so early on, however in the team events, Scotland put up some great performances and were still in with a chance of going through to the semis with one match to play.

However, England A proved too strong and ended all hopes of glory for another year. Bowers was top point-scorer with 14 wins from 26 frames, while Reid won four of his 11 frames. Both took a few well-known scalps along the way.

In the World Masters, Moir (Reivers Bar) beat Vickas Singh from India in the preliminary round before going down to top Welsh pro Ryan Day in the first round.

Scott Simpson (Reivers Bar) also went out in the first round to another Welshman, Wayne Smith. Both Borderers played well, but against top class opponents were always fighting an uphill battle.

Bowers told TheSouthern: “It was just great to have five players representing the Borders and while the singles ended rather quickly, with all the boys having tough draws, the team events were brilliant.

“In 2010, Scotland were the whipping boys, yet this year we came so close to the semis for the first time, the buzz was tremendous and the performances from the team augurs well for the future.

“All the boys had a great time and a unique experience, which will stand them in good stead for future championships.”

The Border Pool League will hold its AGM on Sunday, August 7, in the Abbotsford Arms, Galashiels, at 7.30pm.

All new teams welcome.