White on green is hard to beat in the bowling world

Alastair White, winner of the silver medal in the World Champion of Champions Singles at Burnside Bowling Club in Christchurch

Alastair White, winner of the silver medal in the World Champion of Champions Singles at Burnside Bowling Club in Christchurch

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Kelso bowler Alastair White was on the top of the world – well, almost – in New Zealand last weekend.

Winning last year’s Scottish Championship qualified him for the World Bowls Champion of Champions Singles competition – bowling’s version of the world cup – held at the Burnside club in Christchurch.

So off he went to pitt his skills against the best bowlers around – and came back with the silver medal, after losing the final to England’s Tom Bishop.

It was a phenomenal achievement for the Tweedsider, who told The Southern: “I had hoped to play well going out, but I knew I would have to be at the top of my game to win a medal.

“I was fortunate to arrive early enough to get three days’ practice in, as they were the quickest greens I have ever played on.”

Alastair had to play 12 other countries in his group in an exhausting week and a half of bowling.

But he held his nerve to finish second in his group, losing only twice along the way.

And what’s more, he exacted sweet revenge on the two men who beat him, from Jersey and Australia.

He met Jersey in the quarter-final, and came from behind to win 6-14, 8-7, 2-1. And Australia was conquered 9-8, 6-5 in straight sets in the semi-final.

However, he came up against a stern challenge in Englishman Bishop in the final, losing 8-4, 9-5.

Alastair added: “It was a fantastic experience, a once in a lifetime chance.

“There aren’t many people who have won the Scottish Championship more than once, so you have to take your chance when you can.”

Also flying the Saltire was Edinburgh bowler Lorna Smith, who also left with a 
silver medal.