Second defeat for Borders in series

The second match in the Hamilton Trophy series was against West Fife the venue being Newtown on Saturday, May 19.

Having lost the first match it was important for the Borders to gain a win, however, it was a disastrous start for the Borders with all six rinks down after five ends and one rink having failed to score a single shot. As a result West Fife already had a very comfortable 36 shot lead overall.

The Border team needed to come back very quickly however although they stemmed the tide the lead for West Fife remained a massive 39 shots after ten ends. At this stage there was still not a single Border rink in the lead over their opponents.

As the second half of the match progressed there was some sign of a comeback but the lead was still 30 shots after 15 ends. At this stage three Border rinks were doing much better and although only one of them had a lead the other two were very close. Unfortunately, the other three rinks were making little headway.

In the last quarter of the match the Borders did make more progress and at one stage the lead for West Fife dipped to just 13 shots but this was all too late and West Fife won the match by 128 shots to 105.

The best rink for the Borders was Reece Taylor(Wilton), Gary Scott(Hawick), Euan Lindores(Jedburgh) and Graeme Forsyth(Chirnside). They started slowly and after nine ends they were 7 shots to 6 adrift. Three ends later the gap had widened to six shots, however, the Border rink then amassed 17 shots in the space of six ends to lead by 23 shots to 12. In the last three ends they managed to increase the difference by a single to finish 12 shots ahead.

The only other winning rink for the Borders was Andrew Borthwick (Peebles), Craig Elliot (Waverley), Ralph Nicholson (Waverley) and Neil McNally (Melrose). This rink was down for most of the match but rallied in the last few ends to win by five shots.

Skips and scores as follows:-

Robert Kerr (Ayton) 13, P Brown 18; Alan Brady (Wilton) 15, J McGuire 34; Ian Crawford (Melrose) 16, J Gilruth 29; Neil McNally (Melrose) 21, K Bald 16; Graeme Forsyth (Chirnside) 26, S Pagan 14; Kenny Johnstone (Melrose) 14, R McFarlane 17.

On Saturday, May 26 the team will be away to East Lothian at Tranent and will need to perform much better if they are to beat what is always one of the strongest teams in the league.

There was better news for the Borders in the Top 10 with Chirnside following up their win last week with another excellent victory over Inverness. It is a rarity for any Border Club to reach this stage of the Top 10 and another win on Sunday 27 May against Stranraer West End will take them to the semi finals and final to be held at Colinton on Sunday 10 June. It is another home fixture for them and it is hoped they will again be successful.