Martin pairs up again for third Borders title

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The Borders Bowling Association’s finals day produced plenty of competitive action at Earlston, and a spread of winners from across the region.

The finals were slightly delayed due to rain, but when on the green it was Scott Morrison of Langholm Old who picked up the junior singles title from Liam Nicholson of Waverley.

After six ends, Morrison led 13-0 and eventually ran out a 21-11 winner.

The pairs final was between Dave Buglass and Dave Luggett of Chirnside and Gordon pair Kevin Donaldson and Craig Martin.

Both these duos had previously lifted the trophy, but it was Donaldson and Martin who triumphed.

A six on the fifth end helped them to a 22-8 victory, the third time Martin had picked up this trophy.

The triples final qualifiers were John Smyth, Bill Jaffray and Reece Taylor (Wilton), and Craig Brown, Michael Paterson and Neil McNally (Melrose) – and it was the Hawick trio who ran out 14-8 victors.

The fours final was contested by Alistair Law, Rob Hogg (Snr), Jim Straker and Steven Fisher from Jedburgh against Spittal’s John Lee, Peter Dixon, Ray Allen and John Renton.

An altogether-closer match saw both teams tied at 9-9 before the Northumberland rink edged ahead to win 19-13.

In the seniors’ fours, Waverley qualifiers William Brownlee, Alistair Gammie, Clark Chalmers and Tom Thorburn competed against Ancrum’s Sandy Munro, Scott Sinton, Ronnie McCulloch and Jimmy Renwick, and it was Ancrum who squeezed home 18-15.

The single-hand final between Ivor Hogg of Ettrick Forest and Abbotsford’s Brian Anderson was a marathon game lasting longer than any other on the day.

Anderson led 18-10 after 17 ends, but Hogg fought back to lead 20-19 going into the 25th end.

However, it was the Galashiels bowler who was to persevere, by grabbing two shots to take the title 21-20.

The next event is the Borders Bowling Association’s Champions of Champions event at Berwick Bowling Club on Sunday, September 8.