First win for county side
Stewartry recorded their first Inter County Championship win of the season at Kirkcudbright on Saturday, beating Ayrshire South by the narrowest of margins, 118-117.
They had only one losing rink, that skipped by Scott Davies, losing 24-8 toWillie McKenzie. Steven Johnstone drew 20 each with David Crawford and the other four skips won. Scott McCubbin 20-17 over Sean McGhee; Brian McClune 20-19 over Billy Anderson; Alan Davies 19-18 over David Shields and Alan McClymont 20-19 over Colin Smith.
On Saturday, Stewartry have a local derby againstWigtownshire at Stranraer and have made two team changes. Alan Harris takes the place of Robert McClune and Euan McGoldrick replaces Peter Brown.
Castle Douglas travelled to Bainfield, Edinburgh on Sunday morning for a semi-final clash with Stanley BC, Fife in the Inter County TopTen Championship.The game couldn’t have been closer, with Castle Douglas making it to the final by just one shot after drawing four points each.Their points came from Alan Davies, who beat George Lennon 21-20 in the singles and John Crawford, David Green, Stewart Gordon andWillie Lenza who beat Colin Jamieson, Ricky Grant, Steven McCorquandale and Kevin Graham 21-13 in the fours. Scott Davies, Stewart Gilmour and Gary Davies lost 16-12 to David Henry, John Nicholson and Lee Clark in the triples and in the pairs,Willie Green andWillie Bryden lost 15-11 to Steven Lennon and Sandy Ross.
In the afternoon’s final they came up against a very strong Arbroath side, who had word champion bowler Darren Burnett in their team. He partnered Gavin Swankie in the pairs and they were too strong for the Castle Douglas duo and ran out winners by 26 shots to 12.
Alan Davies lost to Malcolm Anderson 21-14 in the singles and the triples lost 18-6 to Neil Herron, Tony Dickson and Darien Swankie. Castle Douglas’two points came from the fours, who beat Mike Stewart, Dave Strachan, George Mathieson and Gordon Stott 18-8.
Monday was semi-final day in the Bowls Scotland District Championships. In the singles, Alan Davies of Castle Douglas beat Auchencairn’s Scott McCubbin 21-14 and meets RichardThomson of Lockerbie in the final. In the pairs, Castle Douglas lost 15-10 to Thornhill and in the triples, they went down 13-12 to Dumfries.
The club had further success in the senior singles, when John Crawford beatWatsonYule of Glencairn 21-10 to set up a final tie with Maxwelltown’s Stuart Hume.The District Finals are at Lockerbie on Monday night.
The Dumfries and Galloway Under 25s final Scottish League game of the season was at Blackwood against Lanarkshire on Sunday.They led for most of the game but fell away in the closing ends to lose by 128 shots to 125.
S McGaw lost 25-10 to F Simpson; BWright beat D Johnson 30-23; J Harkness beat R Notman 26-19; K Peacock lost 27-20 to J Meikle; R Lenza beat J Craigens 19-15 and S Dodds beat G McClaughlin 20-19.
Castle Douglas begin the defence of their CountyTopTen title at Auchencairn on Friday night.The other ties are New Abbey v Gatehouse; Creetown v Spalding and Dalbeattie v Kirkcudbright.
The annual Galloway Cup match between the clubs of the Stewartry andWigtownshire takes place on Wednesday night.The are being played at Kirkcowan and Newton Stewart.
Tuesday’s Gent’s League results: Auchencairn 12 New Abbey 0; Spalding 9 Castle Douglas 3; Dalbeattie 0 Kirkcudbright 12; Creetown 9 Gatehouse 3.
Stewartry winners The Mogerley’s Mixed Triples competition was played at the Crichton Royal Bowling Club on Sunday, June 3. The winners, pictured with president Bob Bernard, were Iain Cullen (Spalding), Fiona Whitby and Emma Russell (both Castle Douglas) who finished one point ahead of Eileen Sturgeon, Alex Telfer and Bill Sturgeon (all CRBC).