Ploughmen win through to British championships at Lichfield

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Berwick’s Stuart Forsyth emerged the overall winner in the Merse Vintage Ploughing Match held at Middlestots, near Duns, on Sunday.

Results were as follows:

Vintage Trailing - 1. Bill Wood, Reston (251 points), 2. Rab Birrell, Thornton, Fife (244), 3. David Kirkpatrick, Dumfries (243), 4. Raymond Smart, Leven, Fife (238).

Vintage Mounted - 1. Gary Sands, Dunbar (219), 2. Alex Irvine, Kirkcudbright (210), 3. Jock Sivewright, Blairgowrie (200), 4. George Black, Earlston (187).

Classic - 1. Stuart Forsyth, Berwick (251), 2. Graham Hunt, Penrith (231), 3. John Bathgate, Dunbar (230), 4. John Tait, Gullane (227).

Overall Winner - Stuart Forsyth.

The winners of each class now go forward to plough at the British National Championships which are to be held at Lichfield in Staffordshire in October next year.