Bainfield ladies more than met their match on their away visit to East Lothian in a top of the table clash in Division 1C of the indoor bowls national leagues with the visitors crashing to a massive 50 shot defeat (111-61) at The Alex Marshall Arena.
The result was a form line one with Bainfield strong at home but suspect travellers while East Lothian dominate most visiting teams and on this latest occasion took no prisoners with all four of their rinks coming out on top. Wins for the EL rinks skipped by Emma Logan and Yvonne Veitch were double figure affairs, and Lauren Baillie almost, but Janet Fairnie was hard pushed to win by a single shot.
The Bainfield rinks skipped by Marion Dickson, Anne Watson, Isabel Anderson, and Mandy O’Donnell didn’t travel with the highest of expectations but had won their home match against EL by 17 shots so did nurture a degree of optimism. “We competed well enough on the first and third phases of the match but they massacred us on the second and showed why they are the favourites to finish top of the table and go onto the knockout stage” said Karen Tumblety of Bainfield.
East Lothian laid down a marker of intent on the first phase and managed to unsettle their visitors with a 31-18 supremacy over the opening seven-ends then finding an even higher gear stepped on the accelerator to capture the second phase, 50-21. It was a daunting task to make inroads on a 42 shot match deficit (81-39) entering the third and final phase and it did prove beyond Bainfield but the visitors did enjoy their best period albeit they lost it, 30-22.
Dickson (Marion) and her rink of Karen Tumblety, Davina Crawford, and Betty Eaton will want to forget what was a miserable day at the office for them having been in bowling terms murdered 39-9 by Margaret Murray, Jean Russell, Alicia Irvine, and Emma Logan. Logan and Co led 11-1 after six ends then helped by a magnificent count of seven at end 10 stretched to 19-4, and helped further by a mighty five at the 13th and a run of 1, 2, 4, 3, 2 made for an inspired 30 shot victory.
Watson (Anne) enjoyed a purple patch run of 2, 1, 4, 1, 3, 1 to skip Jeanette Crawford, Theresa Blair, and Cathie Falconer into a 14-8 lead; but the roof fell in with losses of 2, 6, 5, 3, 2 and they collapsed to a 28-18 defeat from Diane Rowan, Pat Turner, Nancy McNeil, and YvonneVeitch. Anderson (Isabel) and her rink of Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan, and Susan Allan enhanced their 27-17 defeat with a spirited 4, 3 finish against Margaret Divine, Rosemary Mackintosh, Gillian Mackintosh, and Lauren Baillie.
O’Donnell (Mandy) and her front-three of Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson, and Rita Reid added 1, 1, 2, 1 to stand peels at 17-17 playing the last but were piped 18-17 by a single for Megan Kivlin, Muriel Hamilton, Margaret Thomson, and Janet Fairnie.