Day 3 of the Bowls Scotland National Championships being played at Ayr Northfield produced a strong title winning performance from Angela Uttley of Glenmavis-Bathgate in the final of the Ladies Seniors Singles.Read More
Uttley a 21-20 runner up to Lorna Smith in the 2012 Singles proper and a four times winner of the Edinburgh Open at Balgreen is a proven Singles expert in the mainstream of the sport so was a leading contender for the stardom in the Seniors ranks. The final against East Lothian star Janet Fairnie of Castlepark (Prestonpans) lasted 19-ends with Uttley including three full house counts of 4 as she powered to the title with a commanding 21-8 victory. I won the mainstream pairs title with my sister Delia in 2009 then was just touched off by Lorna (Smith) in the 2012 main singles final so it is another thrill of a lifetime to be crowned the seniors singles champion of Scotland. Uttley had faced mega star Margaret Letham of Burnbank-Hamilton in the morning semi finals and flagged up the quality of the form she was in by beating the 1999 Singles proper champion, 21-20, in 23-ends. Letham looked well set for the final when holding a 20-13 lead but Uttley escaped from jail in spectacular fashion dashing to 21 with a super run of 1, 3, 2, 2. Fairnie booked her place in the final with a strong performance to beat Kim Ross of Lanark, 21-10, in 20-ends having hit the lids to race into an 18-5 lead.
West Lothian were in with a shout to celebrate a title double but from 8-5 u in the final of the Ladies Semiors Fours the rink of Anne Waterson, Diane Ashenhurst, Margaret Armstrong, and Jessie Halliday collapsed to 8-18 and lost 18-12 to Strathmiglo. Strathmiglow had scored a 17-7 semi final win over Colintons Linda Pica, Pat Pryde, Sandra Slater, and Cathy Stark.
Double heartbreak for Edinburgh in gents Seniors Singles started with the agonising exit of Jim Robertson in the semi finals, the Maitland star leading 15-11 but crashing out to a 21-15 defeat at the hands of 2014 runner up Jim Byron. Byron hit 21 with stunning finish of 4, 2, 4 and his win set up a clash with Slateford ace Gordon Ramsay who had progressed with a 21-12 win over Alistair Gunn of Bearsden. Expectations that Ramsay would bring the national crown back to Slateford began to be lowered when the long time mainstream star of bowls in the capital city faced heavy pressures at 17- 12 down and although he had pulse rates racing at 17-20 his dreams of glory were crushed with the loss of a single.
The semi finals stage of the Mixed Pairs signalled the end of the road for the Sister/Brother partnership of Gillian and Scott Mackintosh of London Road Foundry with the 20-11 champions losing 21-6 to Inverurie who then lost 14-11 to Stonehaven in the final.