Edinburgh’s two gents singles stars in the shape of Scott Macintosh of London Road Foundry and Parkside’s Alex Hurry served up sparkling winning performances in yesterday’s first round play of The Bowls Scotland Championships being played at The Ayr Northfield Complex.
The top clash of the day pitched MacIntosh the 2009 runner up against 2006 champion Billy Mellors and it was Mellors who made the first impression to lead 6-0; but Macintosh moved swiftly to 12 with counts of 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1, 2 1 however the melting pot was soon sizzling at 13-13. Macintosh broke the deadlock with a hat trick of two’s to 19 then kept his West Barns challenger at bay to win 21-16 in 24-ends.
Hurry – a semi final loser to eventual champion Paul Foster in 2004 –picked up from 3-4 to 17-4 with a purple patch spell of 1, 2, 2, 2, 4, 2, 1 then clinched a 21-11 win over Kenny Murray of Stranraer. Andy Dunnett pleased the West Lothian support with a 21-12 – finishingnwith a 4 against James Howell of Clarkston but Midlothian challenger Stuart Roseburgh made a 21-11 exit to Stuart Bebbington of Ayton.
Much is expected from Liam McKay in the Junior Singles and the 18 year old emerging talent from Tanfield hit the ground running to score a commanding 21-7 win over Jordan Babtie of Glencarse however Stephen Pringle of Carrick Knowe ran out of steam at 12-11 and lost 21-17 to Robert Kinloch of Shettleston.
Ross Thomson carried the East Lothian banner forward with a 21-10 win over Douglas Balfour of Giffnock but Midlothian’s Danny McDougall was piped in a 21-20 thriller by Kyle Ross of Fortrose & Rosemarkie while Jordan Pearce (W Lothian) lost 21-12 to Chris Stein of Markinch.
Betty Eaton of Beechwood delivered a good 21-14 win for the Edinburgh banner in the Ladies Singles but Chloe Thomson of Tanfield bowed out, 21-16, to a strong finish from her Canmore opponent Audrey Stewart.
Lorna Smith of Linlithgow launched her bid for a fourth title triumph in a row with an encouraging 21-14 win over Alex MacInnes of St Ninian and was joined in the second round by Stacey McDougall of Dalkeith who edged a 21-20 thriller over Val McGregor of Lochgelly.
Bainfield brought more cheer to the Edinburgh support with Craig Paterson skipping his gents rink to an impressive 17-12 win over West Barns having recovered from 6-1 down to reach 13 with a run of 4, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2.