ARBROATH A’s recent success in the team arena continued on Saturday when they won the Riley’s Coatbridge 11s Challenge and the top prize of £600. The B Team containing a bunch of last-minute young players also performed very well.
Only seven teams were in attendance and Arbroath A were drawn in a group of four teams along with Arbroath B, Clackmannan and hosts Coatbridge.
After a typically close derby match against Arbroath B, which they narrowly won 6-5, they then beat Clackmannan 7-4 before rounding off the group in style by thrashing Coatbridge 10-1 to guarantee automatic qualification to the semi-finals.
After their defeat by Arbroath A in the opener, Arbroath B beat Coatbridge 7-4 but succumbed to Clackmannan 6-5 after being 5-4 up. They still did enough to qualify for the play-offs and performed creditably before going out to Glasgow A (containing world champion Jayson Shaw) by 6-4. But not before giving them a major fright at 4-4.
The A team progressed to the semi final where they beat the other group winners Monklands convincingly by 6-3. In the final they faced Ayr, who had defeated Glasgow A in the other semi. Arbroath got off to a brilliant start and raced to a 5-1 lead, only to be pegged back to 5-4 as Ayr mounted a comeback. It was not to be, however, and, when the Ayr player knocked in the black accidentally during open play, the win was sealed 6-4 and Arbroath won their second event in succession.
The next event is the biggie, the SPA Superleague 11s in a week’s time at Craig Tara in Ayr. Some new faces are playing this time around but the majority of players have been involved in these two wins and will be full of confidence.
Table-toppers Ram’s Heid (2) could not break their four-year winless hoodoo at third-placed Burns Bar on Tuesday night and were held to a draw, allowing Abbey (1) to close the gap to a single point. These two teams meet in a month’s time in what will be the title-decider.
In Division Two, Legion (1) enjoy a slender two-point lead at the top by virtue of Ship Inn being held to a draw. This has allowed the chasing pack to close up and there are only five points separating the top five teams, so there is plenty to play for in the run-in.
Results: Newgate 10, Pageant 2; Burns Bar (1) 6, Ram’s Heid (2) 6; Railway Inn (1) 4, Portcullis (1) 8; Ram’s Heid (1) 3, Letham Hotel (1) 9; Legion (3) 3, Abbey (1) 9; Portcullis (2) 5, Stag 7.
P W D L Pts
Ram’s Heid (2) 16 14 2 0 30
Abbey (1) 16 14 1 1 29
Burns Bar (1) 16 11 2 3 24
Portcullis (1) 16 10 2 4 22
Letham Hotel (1) 16 8 4 4 20
Newgate 16 5 4 7 14
Portcullis (2) 16 4 3 9 11
Railway (1) 16 5 1 10 11
Legion (3) 16 3 4 9 10
Stag 16 2 4 10 8
Ram’s Heid (1) 16 2 3 11 7
Pageant 16 2 2 12 6
Results: Station 7, Burns Bar (2) 5; Bowlers 6, Ship Inn 6; Letham Hotel (2) 5, Fishermans 7; Legion (2) 6, Railway Inn (2) 6; Victoria Bar 0, Portcullis (3) 12; Abbey (2) 4, Legion (1) 8.
P W D L Pts
Legion (1) 16 12 3 1 27
Portcullis (3) 16 11 3 2 25
Ship Inn 16 11 2 3 24
Fishermans 16 11 1 4 23
Station 16 10 2 4 22
Legion (2) 16 6 2 8 14
Burns Bar (2) 16 5 3 8 13
Letham Hotel (2) 15 5 2 8 12
Bowlers 16 3 6 7 12
Railway (2) 16 3 4 9 10
Abbey (2) 15 1 2 12 4
Victoria Bar 13 2 0 11 4
Watty’s Cues qualifier
Next Tuesday, the qualifiers for the Watty’s Cues Charity Four-man Team event will be held as follows:
Station: Ram’s Heid 1A - John Maud, Sam McWalter, George Ogilvie, Chris Lyons: Burns Bar 1B - Richard Patterson, Watty Preston*, Neil Walker, Nevada Mitchell: Legion 1A - Chris Smith, Ken MacPherson, Colin MacPherson, Gordon Taylor.
Bowlers: Portcullis 2B - Luke Lawson, Gavin Cargill, Philip Caird, Ryan MacKenzie: Abbey 1B - Gordon Smith* + three: Portcullis 3A - Craig Humphries, Willie Craib, Scott MacEwan, Paul Kelly.
Abbey: Bowlers B - Craig Robertson, James Cowie, Seonaid Wishart, Stevie Talbert: Ship Inn - Jeff Barthorpe, Lindsay Palser*, Matt Paton, Richard Crowdar: Bowlers A - Dave Barthorpe, Drew Johnston, Mark Wilkie, Dougie Robb.
Ram’s Heid: Portcullis 1A - Steve Webster*, George Fairweather, Davie Williams, Dale Leith: Legion 1B - Billy Roberts, Jimmy Rennie, Ewen Wilkie, Frank Ebsworth: Burns Bar 2 - Rick Hannah, Mark Gray, Kevin Hardie, Mark Farquharson: Letham Hotel 2 - Richard Low, Daniel Topping, Mike Mackay, Kenny Dowds.
Portcullis: Burns Bar 1A - Kent Mitchell, Tam Walkinshaw, Gary McLeish, Colin Brown: Letham Hotel 1 - Duncan Low, Aaron Wilson, Drew Webster, George McKiddie: Portcullis 2A - Alan Scott, Alex Cargill Jnr, Sean Hardwick, Colin Smith: Portcullis 3B - Graham Birse, Stuart Campbell*, Stephen Humphries, Arthur Ramsay.
Burns Bar: Ram’s Heid 1B - Jim Ogilvie*, Susan Scotland, Jim Ewens, Dave Parker: Station - Ian Anderson, Mark Donald, Craig Dawson, Scott Teviotdale: Legion 3 - Alex Whyte, Alan Reid, Garry Craig, Shane Twaddle.
Legion: Ram’s Heid 2B - Greg Alexander, Garry Mitchell, Davy Jack, Jonathon Cargill: Railway Inn 1 - Scott Miller, Craig Fairweather, Tam Comrie, Jim Falconer: Portcullis 1B - Steve Hardwick, Euan Sharpe*, Garry Duff, Tom Dye.
Newgate: Abbey 1A - Steve Hallam, Scott Strachan, Sandy McAllan, Andrew Braid: Ram’s Heid 2A - Roy Middleton, Steve Hamilton, Michael Bastow, Graham Dunbar*: Ram’s Heid 2C - Dave McFarlane, Paddy Nicoll, Gordon Dickson, Lee Strachan.
There are eight venues, two with four teams and the rest with only three. The format is only one qualifier from each venue. Venues with four teams will have two ‘semis’ and then a ‘final’ to decide who goes through. Venues with only three will have one ‘semi’ and one bye and those two will then play-off to decide who qualifies.
The eight winning teams will go on to the finals on Sunday, March 27.
* Indicates controllers. Normal start time of 8 p.m. applies.
In the event of any call-offs, player names can be substituted before the first match is played. The incoming player must be registered to ADPL but doesn’t have to come from the same team, as mixed squads are allowed.