Swedes mash Ex-Standard Bearers in Factory Cup

The factory Cup carpet bowls came to a conclusion on friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers Association by 13 shot's to 8. The winning Swedes team were Billy Gentleman, John Dickson and Bob Wilson
The factory Cup carpet bowls came to a conclusion on friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers Association by 13 shot's to 8. The winning Swedes team were Billy Gentleman, John Dickson and Bob Wilson

OVER the last nine weeks or so 12 teams have been battling it out for the honour of becoming 2013 Selkirk Cricket Club Factory Cup champions.

Yet a bat has never been swung and a ball never thrown.

The factory Cup carpet bowls came to a conclusion on friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers Association by 13 shot's to 8.  Winning captain John Dickson receives the shield from Club Chairman Chris Highton

The factory Cup carpet bowls came to a conclusion on friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers Association by 13 shot's to 8. Winning captain John Dickson receives the shield from Club Chairman Chris Highton

According to tournament organiser Ron Owen, however, the sport played during the winter months within the walls of the Philiphaugh clubrooms is “the best game I have ever played in my life.”

Carpet bowling is the name of the game – and the Factory Cup came to a conclusion on Friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association by 13 shots to 8. Such was the competitiveness of the match that it took three hours to complete the 11 ends.

Ron added: “The standard of play has been of a very high standard as has the fun aspect.”

The winning Swedes team, named after captain John Dickson returned from a winter break in Sweden, included Billy Gentleman and Bob Wilson. Runners-up were Stuart Coltherd, Craig Stanners and James Cheyne.

Beaten semi-finalists were Jock Craig Heating Engineers and Cricket Club Bar Staff. The teams who participated were – Cricket Club Bar Staff, Border Safeguard, Celtic Supporters, Jock Craig Heating Engineers, Selkirk CC, Firemen, Hammermen, Merchant Company, Police, Ex-Standard Bearers, Swedes and Vets.

Carpet bowls continue at the club for the next two weeks on Friday nights. All welcome.