Brave Burn­side fail to roll all the way

Good ef­forts at Bowls Scot­land fi­nals

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Burn­side bowlers en­joyed a mixed bag of re­sults in front of hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors at the Bowls Scot­land fi­nals.

Bowls fans and play­ers turned out in their num­bers and in all weath­ers last week to wit­ness the big­gest event on the cal­en­dar for this coun­try’s bowl­ing com­mu­nity.

Burn­side BC had no less than seven mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing them at North­field, Ayr­shire, and could be proud of their ef­forts fol­low­ing im­pres­sive dis­plays on the greens.

The fours, made up of Scott Stevenson, Ge­off Mc­Nee, Alec Hay and skip An­drew Wil­son, faced a strong St An­drews team in their last 32 clash.

After the first end Burn­side knew they had a game on their hands when the Saints went into a 3-0 lead. Tit for tat ends fol­lowed and by the sev­enth Burn­side were lead­ing by eight shots to seven.

Their op­po­nents ral­lied well and by the 13th end they man­aged to take the lead 14-11. Burn­side then fought back and went into the last end one shot up be­fore pick­ing up two shots to win 17- 14.

The next game was on Fri­day morn­ing against Stran­raer but Burn­side found them­selves 8-0 down after two ends.

They won four shots in the third, how­ever their re­cov­ery was short-lived and, with four ends to go, Burn­side found them­selves down by 23 shots to 11 and were even­tu­ally knocked out.

Skip An­drew Wil­son, who was beaten in the last 32 match of the un­der-25 gents sin­gles on Mon­day, com­mented: “We beat St An­drews but it was a very close match. I man­aged to play two big bowls in the last two ends to take us through to play against Stran­raer, who were full of county play­ers.”

He added: “It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic just to be there. One of our play­ers, Ge­off, was in shock be­cause we were chang­ing next to Paul Foster who is a world cham­pion bowler. You find a lot of great bowlers at North­field.

“For me per­son­ally, I was dis­ap­pointed not to win a medal but I hope I can take this on to do bet­ter in the fu­ture.

“The guy who beat me in the ju­nior sin­gles got to the fi­nal and lost out 23-19 after lead­ing 1913 so I can take con­fi­dence from that.”

The triples team had a mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth with Ste­vie Jack­son, Cammy Tay­lor and skip Marc Stir­ratt. They had their first game on Thurs­day against the strongly fan­cied Len­zie.

A tight start en­sued and by the fifth end Len­zie had gone into a 6-2 lead. In the next end Burn­side picked up five shots and even brought the score­line to 12-12 be­fore Len­zie hit back and ran out even­tual win­ners.

Al­though de­feat was hard to take, the team know the ex­pe­ri­ence will stand them in good stead for the Gents Nom­i­nated Triples com­pe­ti­tion which starts at Burn­side this Fri­day.

We were chang­ing next to Paul Foster who is a world cham­pion bowler

Fo­cussed Scott, Ge­off, Alec and skip An­drew watch the ac­tion un­fold at North­field

Good aim Alec Hay

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