Victory starts new campaign for Lauder Bowling Club

The opening day of the new season for Lauder
The opening day of the new season for Lauder

Lauder Bowling Club’s first match in Division 2 of the 2019 Border Bowling League saw them host the Buccleuch club from Hawick on Wednesday, May 1, in what looked, on paper at least, as if it would be a tight match.

Lauder’s first rink of Davidson, White, Cassidy and Wilson looked in trouble when they lost a single on each of the first five ends of their match. However, with the assistance of three 3s, a 2 and a single over the course of the next nine ends, they took a 12-10 lead into the last three ends.

While they lost singles on two of those ends, another 3 gave them a good 15-12 win. That match was to turn out to be the closest of the night.

On the adjacent rink, the Lauder quartet of Clarke, McDonell, Weir and Gilchrist opened up with a 6 and a 4 in their first two ends and were never to be pegged back. After nine ends, they held a 21-3 advantage. But a loss of six ends in a row somewhat halted their march to a massive victory. In the end, they were a little disappointed only to record a 27-10 win.

Meanwhile, A. Ainslie, McGeoch, Ogilvie and Hogarth were comfortably in control of their match, with the loss of only five ends on the night. They scored steadily and finished strongly. Leading 16-6 after 13 ends, they scored nine further shots in the last four ends for an excellent 25-6 win.

Not to be outdone, Landells, Gillie, C. Ainslie and Hutton were also in excellent form.

This match was tight at the start, Buccleuch taking a 3-2 lead after three ends but, from ends 4 to 17, the home side only lost three singles.

With the assistance of two 4s and a 5 along the way, a 28-6 victory was secured, resulting in an emphatic overall result of Lauder 95, Buccleuch 34.

An excellent start to the new season and, as a result of their terrific shot difference, Lauder sit at the top of the Division 2 table after one week of the season.