Bainfield ladies returned to winning ways in Division 1C of the indoor bowls national leagues having bounced back from two away defeats in a row to deliver a 13 shot victory (93-80) over Border visitors Tweedbank at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium.
Wins on three of the four rinks pushed the home side over the winning line with triumphs for Mandy O’Donnell, Marion Dickson, and Anna Anderson more than compensating for the defeat of Isabel Anderson. Bainfield have now won all three of their home games and that keeps them competitive as joint leaders with East Lothian, Balbardie, and West Lothian but outside that comfort zone their away form is a concern. “We need to do better on our away trips but morale in our camp is high so the hope is that we will come good and click at some point in the near future”, said spokeswoman Karen Tumblety.
Tweedbank arrived at Bainfield occupying the bottom wrung of the league table so were the underdogs and it was no great surprise that the home team opened up the stronger and saw that first phase superiority reflected by a 33-22 lead on the master scoreboard. A highlight of the first seven-ends play was provided by the O’Donnell skipped rink that fired up the atmosphere with a super count of six on end four then encored the celebrations with a good four on end five to lead 12-1.
Tweedbank refused to fold however and showing a boldness of spirit and tenacity on the second phase created nervous tensions within the home support by dominating a wobbling Bainfield team, 31-21. Bainfield’s response to defending a single shot lead (54-53) going into the third and final phase was an excellent one and inspired by a 13-5 contribution from O’Donnell the home team dominated 39-27 to clinch the match points. O’Donnell played a star role in skipping Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson, and Rita Reid to the best result of the match in the shape of a commanding 30-19 victory over Marie Todd, that had benefited from late counts of five and three.
Dickson carded four counts of four as she skipped Karen Tumblety, Davina Crawford, and Betty Eaton to a 27-19 win over Pat Houston, but had actually been involved in tough battle at 19-19 before tipping the scales with a four, four finish.
Anderson (Anna) made an encouraging start having added 1, 3, 4 to skip Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan, and Susan Allan into a 9-2 lead but was closed to 11-10 before making space to 18 with a timely run of 3, 1, 3. The home rink went on to drop six shots over the last two ends but had done enough to beat their opposition, 23-18.
Anderson (Isabel) and her rink of Gladys Christie, Kathleen Barr, and Theresa Blair struggled against the collar from start to finish and only managed counts at eight of the 21 ends in a 24-13 defeat from E Bryden.