Duthie bowled over by brilliant Bennett
Women’s: Champion out after upset in first round
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.