Travelling Tweedbank men turn in a Stirling performance

ANOTHER full week of Scottish league matches for Tweedbank Bowling Club began with an away trip for the seniors who were seeking a long overdue win at Portobello.

Unfortunately, this was not to be and a heavy defeat was inflicted on the team, although not quite as bad as it had been at East Lothian two weeks previously.

On Saturday the men had another away match – this time at Stirling.

With just three ends left to play, proceedings hung in the balance, with the visitors ahead by only four shots. Stirling scored a single to reduce the difference, but on the penultimate end two superb drawing bowls gave the Borderers a valuable two shots, leaving them with a five-shot cushion. Stirling were unable to recover the situation and victory went to Tweedbank.

The biggest win for Tweedbank was achieved by Ivan Hogg, Craig Elliot, Ralph Nicholson and Alister White at six shots, while the other victors, by five shots, were Clark Chalmers, Dougie Wilson, Ross Nichol and Kenny Johnstone.

The next match is at home to Balbardie on Saturday and the team will need to tighten up to ensure success. Provided they can keep winning, the away encounter at Bainfield on January 7 might well decide the league with both teams currently on 10 points, separated only by shot difference.

For the ladies it was a home match against Portobello which they hoped might well give them another win, but they started badly and with five ends completed were already adrift by 24-9 on shots.

To their credit they came back to reduce the deficit to 11 shots and then to nine with 15 ends completed.

The match was now poised for a tight finish, but unfortunately for the hosts it was Portobello who made the decisive move with 14 shots in eight ends, while losing just five in reply. This was enough to ensure victory for the visiting ladies.

At club level the St Andrew’s Game is already full and the list is up for the Christmas match and meal on December 16. For the latter there will be room for 48 players and members who just wish to have a meal can add their names to a separate list next to the menu. Some names are already listed for the Christmas game and players are reminded that they should also choose their meal on the separate list provided.

Elsewhere, following meetings held on Sunday, the club has announced that Scottish trials for the home internationals to be held in Wales in March have been given to Kenny Johnstone and Gail Lindores.