Rain plays a part in matches across the region

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HAVING won their first encounter, the A team travelled to Hawick last week looking for a repeat performance over Wilton A.

Throughout the match, the Abbotsford team were always in the lead and in the end ran out 110-60 winners. The B team did not have as much good fortune, losing to Gala B.

On Sunday the club held its Keyline-sponsored open pairs which attracted 24 entries. After the section games, the winners were John Skinner & Colin Ballantyne; Craig Riddell & Alan Howlieson; Colin & Andrew Hancock and Moira Blyth & Marie Todd.

In the first semi-final, the Hancocks beat Skinner and Ballantyne and secured their place in the final, while Blyth and Todd battled to a win over Riddell and Howlieson.

In the final, last year’s winners the Hancocks were hoping to repeat their success, however, in a one-sided match it was Blyth and Todd who secured the victory.

The club would like to thank Keyline for their continued sponsorship of the event.

This Sunday the club is holding its popular Graham’s-sponsored open singles. Entries can be made to the club until 7pm tonight. Tel: 01896 753417.


FOR the second match in the Matt Purdie Trophy series for seniors, the Borders team entertained Fife at Melrose.

The weather was far from pleasant and much of the match was played in persistent rain.

This was the second of the three home matches and a win was much needed, with three tough away matches to come before the final match at Selkirk in August.

The Border team made a reasonable start, but with five ends completed, Fife held a three-shot advantage, holding leads on three of the four rinks.

Things did not improve for the home side during the next five ends as Fife increased their lead to nine shots. The overall score on three of the rinks remained in favour of the visitors.

Although the lead did not become larger the Borders were not quite able to catch up and lost 54-48.

On Monday, the action moves to Polmont where the opponents are Stirlingshire East.


DESPITE the bad weather, the Border Ladies Bowling Association were still able to play their annual tournament at the weekend on the Selkirk, Ettrick Forest and Melrose greens.

And coming out tops for Selkirk was Hazel Scott who took the singles title, while her clubmates were just pipped for the Senior Fours title by the Gala quartet.

Results – Juniors: winner, Melissa Craig (Newtown); runner-up, Lauren Scott (Hawick).

Senior Fours: winners, Nessie Bell, Marjory Fulton, Norah Turnbull & Moira Blyth (Gala); runners-up, Ella Gardiner, Elma Young, Evelyn Clapperton & Jean Hinchcliff (Selkirk).

Fours: winners, Jean Casson, Helen Thorburn, Sheena Jamieson & Margaret Wilson (Waverley); runners-up, Cathy Kirkpatrick, Jean Turnbull, Frances Spalding & Marion Pearson (Buccleuch).

Triples: winners, Frances McDonald, Liz Waugh & Ella Brydon (Abbotsford); runners-up, Zenda Borthwick, Pat Brady & Alison Clarkson (Hawick).

Pairs: winners, Caroline Hogarth & Charlotte Stitt (Buccleuch); runners-up, Janet Darling & Gwenda Ainslie (Lauder).

Singles: winner, Hazel Scott (Selkirk); runner-up, Gail Lindores (Gala).

The BLBA would like to thank all at Ettrick Forest, Selkirk and Melrose bowling clubs for all their hard work during the weekend to make this tournament possible.


A RETURN match in the Triples League saw the seniors travel to Wilton in the hope of continuing their recent run of good form.

The visitors built a reasonable lead, but as the match progressed Wilton reduced the deficit and with only a few ends to go the match was very close.

The Gala seniors did manage to hold on for a narrow five-shot victory which keeps them in contention.

The ladies had a home match against Selkirk and, after a late start, suffered their worst defeat of the season so far, losing all five points.

The A team, were at home to Ancrum. They, too, started well, but once again fell away badly and finally lost by 29 shots, managing only a draw on one rink with the other four all losing. Meanwhile, the B team were away to neighbours Abbotsford B. This was expected to be a tough match, with Gala again being short of players and losing 25 per cent of the total shots scored on several of the rinks. Despite the situation, however, the team managed to secure another victory.

Members should note there is an away friendly against Portobello on Saturday, August 30, and more names are needed.


FIVE ladies from Lauder Bowling Club have qualified for the quarter-finals of the East of Scotland Women’s Bowling Association Championships.

They won at Polton, Bonnyrigg, last week and will now play at Sighthill, Edinburgh, next Monday. Gwenda Ainslie is through in the singles while Alice Telford, May Ogilvie, Avril Wilson and Margaret E. Scott (skip) progressed in the rink.