Borders earn victory in Matt Purdie Trophy
THE fifth match in the Matt Purdie Trophy bowling series took place on Monday, August 2, when the opponents for the Borders senior team were Fife, the venue being Glenrothes.
Following recent results the Borders had three points and still had an outside chance of overtaking the two teams above them.
The team has started off well in every match and this one was no exception. With five ends completed they led by 21 shots to 16 and there was little between the teams on all the four rinks.
By the time 10 ends had been played the lead had gone and the two teams were level at 37 shots each. For the Borders only one rink was now up on their opponents although two rinks were just one shot adrift.
Another tight finish looked to be on the cards but at least on this occasion it was the Borders team which made the first move.
As the available ends began to run out the Borders pulled ahead and although there was a bad finish on one of the rinks there was still a four shot advantage with the last rink still in play. The rink finished with a single giving the Borders a fiveshot victory overall.
Best rink for the Borders on the day was W .Nisbet (Lauder), P. Butterfield (Gala), C. Chalmers (Waverley) and R. Fulton (Gala). This rink was always in charge of their game and finished with a useful 10 shot win.
Also with a win this week were A. Short (Duns Park), D. Watson (Berwick), A. Hogg (Duns Park) and R. White (Kelso). They were three shots ahead at the finish and thanks are due to the two Duns Park players and also N. Riley and J. Riley of the Tweedmouth Club who joined the team this week to cover players who were not available.
The last game in the series is at Eyemouth this week when the opposition will come from East Lothian.
They also won their last game and cannot be caught, however, the Borders will be looking to finish on a high note with revenge for the beating at West Barns earlier in the series.
On Saturday the preliminary rounds of the various categories of competition in the Border Championships will be played on various greens throughout the Borders area.
One winner for each of four districts will go forward to the Border finals day on Saturday, August 28.
Clubs should ensure they have full details of venues etc from their Area Conveners and are reminded of the need to advise conveners in advance if they do not have any competitors for any particular category of competition which they have entered.