Quartet do well in Scottish Open

BOWL semi-finals were the order of the week and Bridge A proved too strong for a plucky High Level side, while Niki’s A outclassed a Dryburgh team who fought hard, but had no answers to the classy Galashiels cueists.

Results: Bridge A (Gala) 5 High Level (Hawick) 2; Niki’s A (Gala) 5 Dryburgh (Newtown) 1.

Last weekend saw the Scottish Open played at Aberdeen with four players from the Borders taking part: internationals Scott Bowers and Craig Reid, along with Niki’s teammate Scott Simpson and St Boswells Legion captain Stan Thomson.

Simpson and Reid both reached the last 32, beating respected local players before falling to top class opposition.

Bowers came from three frames down to pip internationalist Adam Wood, only to meet Thomson in the last 16, the latter failing to find his best form going down to a rejuvenated Bowers in a classic safety battle.

Bowers unfortunately failed in the quarters to another international colleague, Ian Moffat, although appearing a touch unlucky more than once.

Reid told TheSouthern: “That’s the best pool we have played collectively and came away with nothing. However, the confidence and spirit is strong and no one let the side down against the top players in Scotland.

“The Border League is being treated with more respect as a result which gives us great encouragement for the future.”