Bainfield ladies bid to complete a hat trick of opening wins in Division 1C of the indoor bowls national league ended in failure with the Edinburgh elite from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium stalling (86-68) on their visit to play Teviotdale at Hawick.
It was Bainfield’s first away match and they only managed to win on one rink with that performance served up by full cap experienced Mandy O’Donnell and her rink of Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson, and Rita Reid. Teviotdale were winning for the first time and did so by inflicting defeat on the Bainfield rinks skipped by Isabel Anderson, Anna Anderson, and Marion Dickson.
Bainfield did make an encouraging start to the match with a 9-1 contribution from O’Donnell lifting the spirits of the visitors as the master scoreboard showed them leading 27-19 after completion of the opening seven-ends. The second phase picture was less rosy with Anna Anderson suffering a 9-1 setback towards a 31-21 deficit that accelerated the Border opposition into a two shot match lead at 50-48 thereby setting up do or die battle on the third phase.
Bainfield prospects of leaving Hawick with a win took a major nosedive with the rink skipped by Dickson punished 13-5 by their aggressive opposition and the picture was darkened further with Isabel Anderson outgunned, 11-4. Teviotdale captured the third phase impressively with a 36-20 domination that clinched the win points with an 18 shot supremacy.
O’Donnell built on her strong start to skip her rink into a 15-4 lead after 13-ends then answered a 3, 2, 2 stall at 15-11 with a four at the next then go on to register a 21-13 win over Caroline Hogarth. Anderson (Isabel) included a five and a four as she skipped Gladys Christie, Kathleen Barr, and Theresa Blair into a 14-11 lead after 11-ends but in a hard fought battle slipped to a 24-20 defeat from Julie Forrest.
Anderson (Anna) and her front-three of Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan, and Susan Allan struggled over the opening 13-ends to trail 13-4 but managed to show menace at 13-10 before suffering a 19-10 defeat from Irene Bennett.
Dickson and her rink of Karen Tumblty, Davina Crawford, and Betty Eaton conceded five at the opening end then again at the 11th and also lost three fours in a 30-17 defeat from Joyce Dickey. “We started well across the carpet as a team but fell away”, summed up spokeswoman Karen Tumblety.
Meanwhile, East Lothian went head to head with Tweedbank at Galashiels and turned in a highly impressive performance to celebrate a 98-57 victory that pushed them to the top of the table on a shot margin of 95 to the 15 of Bainfield and minus 5 of West Lothian. Wins on all four rinks – skipped by Emma Logan, Yvonne Veitch, Lauren Baillie, and Margaret Thomson made for a happy team bus on the way home to The Alex Marshall Arena in Tranent. Logan was the major contributor with the Scotland full cap skipping Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, and Alicia Irvine to a 31-9 win over Laura Upton.