Bainfield ladies wont be setting the heather on fire in terms of being a major threat to finishing top of Division 1C of the indoor bowls national leagues but the Edinburgh Elite can boast a great undefeated record in their matches at home.
Zero wins away from home has killed the chances of being a major threat to high-flying East Lothian who are the dominant force in the Division but Bainfield can celebrate strong performances at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium as confirmed by their latest win over second placed Balbardie. Balbardie’s threat to East Lothian was killed off in savage style by a Bainfield team that ripped the visitors apart in the shape of a 41 shot demolition (109-68) that was engineered by a star-performing rink skipped by Rita Reid.
Wins also for the rinks skipped by Anna Anderson and Isabel Anderson combined to make life very uncomfortable for Balbardie but the visitors did gain a degree of respite and honour via a winning effort contributed by Sharon Leitch at the expense of Mandy O’Donnell.
The jubilant Bainfield team were celebrating their fourth win on the home carpet and a full house five is only denied by the flood postponed match against foot of the table Teviotdale remaining unresolved – perhaps unlikely to be played. Given these home win claimed as victims champions elect East Lothian, second placed Balbardie, and third placed West Lothian the Bainfield club can certainly claim to have made a significant impression on Division 1C.
The unfolding story in the match against a Balbardie team that tackled the fixture without ace skip Margo Duff in their line up centres upon Rita Reid and her front-three of Jeanette Crawford, Kathleen Barr, and Cathie Falconer. Reid and Co blazed a 14-4 trail after eight ends that included three counts of 4 then having lost a calamitous count of seven at end 11 to be closed to 16-12 answered that challenge with a mighty five then a three to 24-12. The climax to the high performance level of the Bainfield trailblazers came in exhilarating fashion with Reid and Co storming to a 40-17 triumph over Josie Bachini with a whirlwind run of 3, 5, 2, 3.
Anderson (Anna) skipped Aimee Robertson, Karen Tumblety, and Susan Allan into a 12-6 lead then being tested at 13-11 whizzed to a 25-12 win over Delia Flannigan with a grandstand finish of 1, 1, 2, 4, (1), 3, 1.
Anderson (Isabel) carded a three and a five to skip Davina Crawford, Lily Murray, and Betty Eaton into a 15-8 lead over Angie Uttley then stretched her seven shot lead to 11 (25-14) before clinching a 28-19 victory.
O’Donnell and her rink of Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson, and Anne Watson answered a 12-2 deficit after six ends with a 1, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1 fight back to peel at 12-12 but slipped to a 20-16 defeat from Catherine Lochran, Catherine Shearer, Kim Ross, and Sharon Leitch.