Bowls: Borders one step away from Hamilton Trophy quarter-finals


With just one more week of matches to be played an interesting situation has developed in the Hamilton Trophy.

The Borders started this Season’s campaign with a heavy defeat against Midlothian at Newbattle however since then they gained wins against both the Fife teams and then lost in a close match involving East Lothian at Port Seton.

With two wins and two defeats they faced a tough battle against West Lothian who had reached this stage without a defeat. The day was far from pleasant but the team was doing very well although there was a serious threat that the match might have to be abandoned before eleven ends had been completed. The Melrose green however coped surprising well enabling the teams to continue beyond eleven ends before being forced off. On the basis of ends completed across the six rinks the Borders won by 98 shots to 69 to revive hopes of a successful season.

Last weekend they travelled to Allandale to face Stirlingshire East knowing that they must not only win but also amass a good shot difference. This they achieved winning by 143 shots to 108. On arrival at Allandale they were fifth overall and with the assistance of results elsewhere they left after the match lying in second place on shot difference.

Qualification for the quarter finals for the first time ever remains a possibility but to achieve it the Borders must win their last match on Saturday 21 June against Edinburgh & Leith who are also on 6 points so far. They will also need to amass as many shots a\s they can with East Lothian also on 6 points and facing a very likely win themselves against Stirlingshire East at West Barns.

The venue for this final match of the Hamilton Trophy series is Jedburgh and good support on the day will help to lift the team. We all hope that at last the Borders might achieve the desired result having fallen at the last hurdle several times in past seasons.