Bainfield Ladies made an encouraging start to their Division 1C indoor bowls league campaign making their home environment advantage count by delivering an 84-67 win over their talented East Lothian IBC visitors.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Anna Anderson, Mandy O’Donnell, and Anne Watson plus a peel for Marion Dickson combined to make the team performance a highly satisfying one against one of the leagues top outfits. East Lothian shaped up well in the early stages and were adrift on only one rink as they captured the first seven-end phase 34-30 then they confined a middle-phase challenge to a 22-19 setback therefore keeping their nose in front by a single shot.
Bainfield came into their own on the third and final phase gaining supremacy over all of the carpet to turn the tables and win the match with a 32-14 dominance that sent East Lothian home word bound to think again. “It helps the feel good factor to beat a good and strongly competitive opposition in a comprehensive manner and the challenge we face now is to perform home and away with a consistency that makes us a formidable team to tackle”, said a spokeswoman for Bainfield.
Anderson emerged the top scoring skip and showed inspirational spirit as she piloted Aimie Robertson, Susan Allan, and Margaret Keenan to a 22-15 win over full cap opponent Emma Logan. It was all to play for at 13-13 after 13-ends but the scales tipped in Anderson’s direct with a space-making break of 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, to lead 20-13 with just three ends to play.
O’Donnell also faced a mid game challenge at 10-10 after 12 ends but helped by a 4 on end 16 finished the stronger to skip her front-three to a 19-14 win over Yvonne Veitch.
Watson welcomed a mighty count of 5 at end six to cross into an 11-10 lead but later lost a 6 at end 14 to trail 19-16 before recovering to skip Sylvia McAnna, Gladys Chririe, and Theresa Blair to a 26-21 win over Janet Fairnie. Dickson turned an 11-4 deficit into a 13-11 lead but later lost a 5 to trail 17-14 before skipping Karen Tumblety, Betty Eaton, and Isobel Anderson to a 17-17 share with Lauren Baillie.