The Borders had two representatives playing for Scotland at the World Pool Championships, held in Blackpool recently.
Seasoned campaigner Scott Bowers, from Hawick, was joined by Kelso player Reece Burton, making his debut for the Under-21s.
Bowers played his usual cagey game before losing out to top English player Nigel Olding 6-4 in the last 32, while Burton also lost out in the last 32 to England’s Phil Marriott in his section.
In the team events, Bowers recorded a fine 14 wins from 30, while Burton recorded 12 from 33, a tremendous first effort considering he had no previous international experience.
The youngster looks a good prospect and he recorded some fine wins after conquering early nerves, while Bowers played some great frames and looked better than ever to finish top Scottish player in the stats.
Both players look forward to the Home Internationals in September at Aberdeen and both are currently in decent positions to make next year’s Scotland squads.