Title hopes ditched

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ETTRICK FOREST duo Pat Houston and Aileen Allan were denied the Border Ladies Pairs title on Sunday in the cruellest of fashions.

Having battled their way through on Hawick’s Buccleuch green over two days last weekend, the pair came up against Earlston’s Scottish Pairs qualifiers Denise Kellett and Gail Moffat in the final.

In the fifth end, Kellett and Moffat recorded a five to open up a seven-shot gap, but, playing in scorching conditions, the Selkirk partnership managed to keep cool heads to get back into their stride.

Earlston were ahead for most of the remaining ends, but Ettrick refused to let them out of sight with a single on the penultimate end tieing the match.

With 12 bowls played in the last end it was still anyone’s game and when Houston trailed the jack to ditch length, it looked as though the trophy was theirs. Kellett had other ideas, however, and her shot knocked the jack into the ditch with her touching bowl stopping on the green just over where the white ball lay. Houston gave it her best, but even she admitted that there wasn’t a lot she could do.

“I felt we played good bowls all weekend, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” she told The Wee paper.

z Selkirk Bowling Club held their Fletcher Trophy (singles) on Sunday with Jamie Purves beating Tam Yeomans in a close final.