OVER the last nine weeks or so 12 teams have been battling it out for the honour of becoming 2013 Selkirk Cricket Club Factory Cup champions.
Yet a bat has never been swung and a ball never thrown.
According to tournament organiser Ron Owen, however, the sport played during the winter months within the walls of the Philiphaugh clubrooms is “the best game I have ever played in my life.”
Carpet bowling is the name of the game – and the Factory Cup came to a conclusion on Friday night with the Swedes beating the Royal and Ancient Burgh Ex-Standard Bearers’ Association by 13 shots to 8. Such was the competitiveness of the match that it took three hours to complete the 11 ends.
Ron added: “The standard of play has been of a very high standard as has the fun aspect.”
The winning Swedes team, named after captain John Dickson returned from a winter break in Sweden, included Billy Gentleman and Bob Wilson. Runners-up were Stuart Coltherd, Craig Stanners and James Cheyne.
Beaten semi-finalists were Jock Craig Heating Engineers and Cricket Club Bar Staff. The teams who participated were – Cricket Club Bar Staff, Border Safeguard, Celtic Supporters, Jock Craig Heating Engineers, Selkirk CC, Firemen, Hammermen, Merchant Company, Police, Ex-Standard Bearers, Swedes and Vets.
Carpet bowls continue at the club for the next two weeks on Friday nights. All welcome.