Some excellent bowling was witnessed at the Borders Bowling Association Finals held at Earlston Bowling Club on Saturday.
Although it was dull it started of dry and the first group of semi-finals were fiercely contested by all who took part. Unfortunately the second group of semi-finalists did catch the rain but that did not dampen the spirit or the competitiveness of the players.
The finals were slightly delayed due to the rain but again the players were keen to get onto the green and play.
The Junior Singles between Scott Morrison (Langholm Old) and Liam Nicholson (Wavereley) was a bit of a runaway win for Scott who led 13-0 after six ends
Liam did try to comeback but still Scott had his eye on the trophy and won 21-1.
The pairs final was an all Berwickshire affair between Dave Buglass/Dave Luggett (Chirnside) and Kevin Donaldson/Craig Martin (Gordon).
Despite both these pairs having previously lifted the trophy it was the Gordon pair who triumphed scoring a six on the fifth end giving them an 11-2 lead.
Chirnside failed to come back and Gordon won the game 20-8.
It was noted that this was the third time Craig Martin had lifted this trophy.
The Triples qualifiers were John Smyth, Bill Jaffray and Reece Taylor (Wilton) and Craig Brown, Michael Paterson and Neil McNally (Melrose) with Wilton winning 14-8.
The fours final was contested by Alistair Law, Rob Hogg (Snr), Jim Straker and Steven Fisher (Jedburgh) against John Lee, Peter Dixon, Ray Allen and John Renton (Spittal). This was a very close match with Spittal opening with a three but then failing to score again until the sixth end when the score was 8-5 to Jedburgh. Spittal took a four at the next end then levelled the scores at 9-9.
Jedburgh seemed to get stuck while Spittal edged ahead to finish winners by 19-13.
Senior Fours finalists were William Brownlee, Alistair Gammie, Clark Chalmers and Tom Thorburn (Waverley) and Sandy Munro, Scott Sinton, Ronnie McCulloch and Jimmy Renwick (Ancrum). Ancrum took the trophy winning 18-15.
The Single Hand final between Ivor Hogg (Ettrick Forest) and Brian Anderson (Abbotsford) was a marathon game lasting longer than any other game of the day. Anderson started the scoring but Hogg came back and this was the pattern for the first few ends.
Eventually Anderson did start to creep ahead having a six shot lead after ten ends. Gradually Hogg scored an odd end but at 17 ends Anderson led by 18-10.
In the 24th end Hogg scored a three and brought his score up to 20 with Anderson sitting on 19 but perseverence on Anderson’s part gave him a two shot win on the 25th end and taking the title by 21-20.
Overall an excellent days bowling with standards set high by the players themselves and, despite the weather, enjoyed by a good crowd..
The next event for the Borders Bowling Association will be at Berwick Bowling Club on Sunday, September 8, when the Champion of Champions will be contested.