This series for the Matt Purdie Trophy began in 2009 with entries from just four of the associations, however, others have now joined in and each association will now play six games with the winners from two round robin groups contesting the final.
The first game was hosted by the Abbotsford Club with the visitors being from Midlothian.
The Borders seniors did not start too well and with five ends completed it was Midlothian who had built up a lead of ten shots. At this stage three Border rinks were behind their opponents and the fourth rink were level at three shots apiece.
This remained the situation at ten ends and there was still only one rink in front by a single shot. In the next few ends the deficit for the Borders increased and the chances of a positive result looked slim.
As the match reached the final ends the Borders did make a come back however with three of the four rinks finished Midlothian were seven shots in front. The fourth rink had just two ends to play and picked up a count of five. This gave some hope of a win needing just three shots on the last end. At one stage three shots were held however the Midlothian skip was able to cut it down to two shots.
The final result was a draw at 59 shots each giving both teams one point but with tough matches to come the Border seniors will need to capitalise on the unlikely point gained in this first game.
Just one Border rink ended the match with a win and this was A Hogg (Duns Park), D Watson (Berwick), W Kerr (Duns Park) and J Renton (Spittal). After four ends they were already six shots adrift having not won a single end and at seven ends they were still four shots adrift. They then won five ends in a row picking up nine shots to lead by five shots with three ends left to play. On the next end they lost a count of three but then gained a count of five and finished with two shots not only forcing a draw overall but also winning their own match by 19 shots to 10.
On Monday, July 12, the Borders team will play Fife, the venue being the Lauder Bowling Club, and a win will give them a good start with the away games to come starting with East Lothian at West Barns on Monday, July 19.
he area finals for the Top Ten competition are now finished in three of the four areas. As a result Gala Abbotsford will play Earlston in the semi-finals at 10am on Saturday, July 17, at Duns Park while Chirnside will face either Hawick or Hawick Wilton at the same time and date at Eyemouth. The winners will then meet in the final at 2.30pm at Ayton on the same day.