Duthie bowled over by bril­liant Ben­nett

Women’s: Cham­pion out af­ter up­set in first round

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - SPORT - BY DAVE ED­WARDS

There was an up­set in the women’s sin­gles at the City of Aberdeen bowl­ing tour­na­ment at West­burn Park when last year’s win­ner, Mar­garet Duthie, cham­pion in three of the last four years, was knocked out in the first round.

Duthie l ost 21- 9 to 70-year-old Irene Ben­nett from the Wil­ton club in Haw­ick, who won the ti­tle in 2001.

It was a mem­o­rable vic­tory for Ben­nett, who said: “The game was closer than the score­line would sug­gest. Mar­garet played well but on the day I just played that bit bet­ter. I was de­ter­mined not to let my­self down against such a good player.

“I have been com­ing up from Haw­ick to Aberdeen to play in this com­pe­ti­tion for a long time.

“I won here in 2001 and I am play­ing well at the mo­ment. Although com­pared with my home club back home in Haw­ick the greens here are very heavy.

“Look­ing at the play­ers still in the draw, the com- pe­ti­tion will be tough but I will bedo­ingmy best towin the ti­tle again.”

Last year’s ju­nior cham­pion, 17- year- old Carla Banks from In­verurie, made her de­but in the women’s sin­gles and only just lost out to ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigner Anne Banks from Bal­go­wnie by 21-18.

Another reign­ing cham­pion lost in the sec­ond round of the se­nior men’s com­pe­ti­tion when Gor­don Brown­was­de­feated 21-9by his Abergeldie team-mate Phil Reid.

Reid’s de­light was short­lived, how­ever, as he later lost 21- 17 to Seafield’s Tommy Ross in the fourth round.

In the tie of the round, 2013 se­nior cham­pion Char­lie Duguid (Ne­whills) came back from 18-6 down to win 11 ends in a row to tri­umph 21-18 against Bal­go­wnie player Gor­don Dickie.

Pho­to­graph: Jim Irvine

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