One of the highlights of the bowling season – the Border Championship finals day – survived heavy Saturday morning rainfall to serve up a host of quality action.
Both the Gala and Waverley bowling club greens were covered in surface water, but with the help of the greenkeepers and a sudden relenting of the rain, everything began on time.
The fours category started at the quarter-finals stage on the Waverley green.
These matches resulted in Hawick facing Ayton 1 and Ayton 2 playing Jedburgh 2 at Gala, where all the remaining semi-finals and finals took place.
Both fours from the Berwickshire village’s club made it into the final, with Paul Wilson, Ian Patterson, Trevor Tait and Robert Kerr defeating Gavin McLean, Teo Bradshaw, Mark Robertson and Sufi Omari 21-7.
The pairs saw Chirnside’s David Bouglas and David Leggett make it through to the final to face Abbotsford’s Kenny Johnstone and Colin Hancock.
In a see-saw match the Chirnside pair led 6-0 and 12-8, but each time the Abbotsford duo fought back to take the lead themselves.
However, a disastrous count of five against Abbotsford meant Bouglas and Leggett were the champions.
In the singles, there was more joy for Chirnside as Graeme Forsyth went up against Malcolm Thin of Gala.
Despite Thin racing into a 13-2 lead, six shots in three ends reduced the deficit before Forsyth overtook his opponent to win 21-17.
But Chirnside were denied in the triples by Gordon’s Finlay and Kevin Donaldson and Craig Martin, who won the final three ends to triumph.
St Ronan’s senior four held off a fightback from defending champions Ancrum to take the trophy with a 15-10 victory.
The last final of the day was the Junior category, which saw Reece Taylor of Wilton face David Tait of Stow.
This turned out to be a good match involving two talented young players who were tied at 15 all going into the closing stages.
But Taylor needed just three ends to make the six shots required to become youth singles champion.
All cups and medals were presented by Duncan Macdougall as president of the Border Bowling Association.