Indoor bowling

AFTER his recent trial for the Scotland Junior International team, Ryan Burnett will be highly delighted to be selected for the British Isles International Series squad to face England, Ireland and Wales in January at Nottingham Indoor Bowling Club.

Arbroath Indoor Bowling Club’s gents’ team played host to league leaders, Elgin, at the stadium on Saturday, and the home support enjoyed one of the best performances in a few seasons from Arbroath.

Graeme Stewart’s rink of Dave Strachan, Craig Paton and Sandy Smith found it hard going against British title holder Andrew Barker. After 10 ends the score was tied at 8-8 but losing nine shots the last four ends saw them slip to defeat 25-13.

David Mcgill skipped his team of Robin Wilson, Pete Thompson and Mac Andrews to a hard fought 15-12 victory over Mike Stepney. With the score all square at 10-10 with six ends to go it was David’s rink that squeezed out victory scoring on the last few ends.

Mike McWalter’s rink of Scott Sibley, Davie Henderson and Scott Pirie always looked in control against Stuart Cruikshanks and led 10-5 after 10 ends. A string of good scores over the next few ends saw them run out 24-12 winners.

The result and performance of the day surely belonged to the rink of Scott Teviotdale, Ian Ritchie, Ryan Burnett and skip Paul Carnegie. Norman Barker’s rink must have wondered what hit them as Paul’s rink won the first seven ends to lead 19-0, and things only got better for the home team as they scored at will to pile on the misery for Elgin and ran out 49-4 winners.

A 48 shot victory saw Arbroath leapfrog Elgin to top spot in the Scottish Second Division, and with only two games remaining this puts them in the driving seat to gain promotion.

Arbroath’s seniors entertained Stonehaven last Wednesday in a very close match from start to finish. Dave Strachan’s rink of Jim Glen, Jim Donald and Ken Stephen had a hard day at the office against A. Watson losing 23-10.

Burnett Taylor’s team of D. Malcolm, A. Gray and A. Laing looked to be winning comfortably against Ernie Auld’s rink, leading 15-7 with only a handful of ends to play. However, counts of four and three nearly cost them victory but they managed to hold on an win 16-15.

Harry Burnett’s rink of Jim Robbie, Paul Gersok and Jack Clarke were 9-8 down after 11 ends against John Lawson but a great finish winning the last four ends helped them run out 17-10 winners.

Dave Martin’s four of Peter Brodie, Bill Kindlen and Willie Reid had a good victory over Ian Craig only losing six ends to record a 19-10 win.

After last week’s victory over league leaders Midlothian, Arbroath ladies travelled to Glasgow to face the West of Scotland with high hopes of another win. Trixie Mckay’s rink of Davina Peattie, Mary Barrie and Sheila Geddes had a close match against J. Woodley, leading for most of their game. Unfortunately they lost the last few ends and the game 23-18.

The rink of Mary Thoms, Pat Smith, Hilda Martin and Eleanor Anderson, skip, also had a tight match playing H. McGregor. Eleanor’s team nosed in front 16-14 with only three end to play only to be pipped 18-16.

Leanne Furye’s rink of Carol Clark, Maureen Ferguson and Susan Christie had a sticky start against A. McCormick but once they got in front at the 11th end they never looked back. Scoring 19 shots over the last 10 ends saw them win convincingly 27-15.

The biggest win of the day came from Maureen Smith, Margaret Croll, Gladys Reid and Margeret Martin, skip. They were never in trouble against H. Mason and led 14-5 after 10 ends. They kept up the heat for the second half and ran out winners 30-14.

This weekend, all roads lead to Ardrossan as they hold the national singles semi-finals and final. Hoping to capture the national singles crown for the first time is the club’s Andy Furye. He takes his place in the last four where he faces Kenny Paton, Dumbarton.

In the other semi-final, Ian Mclean, Blantyre, faces Doug Lambert, Perth.