Bonnyrigg’s bid to carry the Midlothian banner into the Final Days play of the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Inter County Top Ten Tournament at Colinton BC on Sunday 12th June has come to grief in the quarterfinals stage of the hugely popular national event.Read More
The champions of Midlothian were expected to make home advantage count strongly in their favour against Paisley Caledonia; but despite bold efforts failed to get on top of their Renfrewshire counterparts and suffered a frustrating 6-2 defeat.
Bowls Scotland had angered the Bonnyrigg camp by denying them the services of ace spearhead figure Ronnie Duncan in favour of the world stage figure turning out in their international trial. “ A ludicrous and farcical decision by Bowls Scotland who are meant to promote the sport at club level but seem hell bent on destroying it” said a spokesman from the seething Bonnyrigg camp.
Jamie Hanlon stepped into Duncan’s shoes and was caught in an opening whirlwind to trail Stuart Carson 11-3 then set the home pulse rates racing with a strong recovery from 6-16 to 18-19 before losing 21-18 to a double on end 20.
The Pairs partnership of Calum Redpath and John Stevenson promised a better outcome at 9-6 up but collapsed to 18-9 down with losses of 6, 3, 1, 2 then failed to save the day with a 1, 2, 1, 2 finish in an 18-15 defeat from Andrew Neil and Alan MacLean.
Bonnyrigg were kept in the match by a nail biting 15-14 win for Neil Linton, Drew Pearson, and Kevin McDougall in the Triples over John Myles, Iain Gray, and Gregor Pattison. Hopes of a miracle escape were raised with a fight back being staged by Scott Lees, Scott Matthews, John Tod, and Tam Russell in the Fours from 2-10 to 14-15 but dashed in the end by an 18-15 defeat from Kevin Houston, Derek Faulds, Scott Colquhoun, and David Wright.
Elsewhere, Rock Dunbartonshire) won 6-2 away to Chirnside (Borders); Troon (Ayrshire) celebrated an 8-0 win at home to Argyll (Argyll & Bute); Newgate (Angus) beat visiting Overtown & Waterloo (Lanrkshire), 6-2.
The Under 25 brigade of Edinburgh & Leith were completing a hat trick of opening League Cup wins when they returned from Leven with a 24 shot victory (129-114) over Fife. The rink honours were shared 3-3 but the shot aggregate scales were tipped in favour of E&L by the wins of Jamie Reid, Liam McKay, and Josh Spalding.Reid skipped Aron Donald, Ewan Martin, and Andrew Tregoning into an 11-1 lead then on to a 29-8 win while McKay finish 4, (2), 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1 from 15-8 to skip David Torrance, Robert Ewing, and James Barr to a 29-10 win. The other rink scores were, Josh Spalding 21-20; Ross Thomson 17-24; Daniel Gormley 15-24; Stephen Pringle 18-29.