Kelbie Doubles draw

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THE FIRST round of Arbroath and District Pool League’s Kelbie Metals Doubles will be played on Tuesday in place of the usual league fixtures.

Matches will begin at the normal start time of 8 p.m. and format is best of five frames. A preliminary round will be played at each venue with five pairs, with two qualifiers from every venue on the night. Lag the first frame only then alternative breaks.

Controllers to ‘phone or text the qualifiers’ names to the match secretary. In the event of an unavailable partner, players can take a new partner provided that the player is registered for a team in Arbroath and District Pool League and they have not yet played in the competition. Partners who require such a name change must notify the match secretary.

The draw is as follows:

Portcullis (bar): Jim Cowie/Stephen Talbert; Tom Dye/Nic Van Rijn; Barrie Watt*/Christian Watt; Laura Sievwright/Dougie Sievwright.

Portcullis (darts): Ryan MacKenzie/Sean Hardwick; Gordon Taylor/Colin MacPherson; Steve Hamilton*/Gordon Dickson; Callum Paton/Pam Twaddle.

Abbey: Tam Shepherd/Ian Brown; Michael Bastow*/Garry Mitchell; Jamie Murray/Graeme Howe; Sam McWalter/Billy Watson.

Legion (bar): Billy Roberts/Steven Sterricks; Kenny McMIllan/Kevin Duncan; Conor Warren/Craig Johnston; Tam Walkingshaw/David McFarlane; Gareth Ruxton*/Steve Hallam.

Legion (darts): Mark Gray/Kevin Brown*; Andy Braid/John Maud; Dale Leith/Ryan Ross; Brian Meikle/James Clark; Martyn Vance/Alan Doyle.

Rams (bar): Paul Duncan/Jim Falconer*; Stuart Kerr/John McDowell; Dennis McFarlane/Craig Brown; Colin Smith/Kris Cameron.

Rams (kitchen): Jamie Stewart/Gordon Smith; Shane Twaddle/Tam Twaddle; George McKiddie/Jack Faulds; Gordon Smith*/Stuart Smith.

Bowlers: Jeff Barthorpe/Lindsay Palser*; Linzi Palser/Ryan Leslie; Gary Stewart/Lex Wilson; Scott Teviotdale/Mark Donald.

Cliffburn 1: Nomie Braes/Andy Jolly; Kyle Scott/Andy Hay; Steve Reid/Richard Paterson; David Jack/Graham Dunbar*; Ian Brunton/Josh Longmuir.

Cliffburn 2: Dave Barthorpe/Drew Johnston; Steve Webster*/Ian Anderson; George Fairweather/David Williams; Anne Falconer/Linda Milne; Jim Ogilvie/Susan Scotland.

Cliffburn 3: Richard Anthistle/John Whyte; Liam Buchan/Josh Donaldson; Bruce Wallace/Chris Mitchell; Craig Fairweather/Wayne Green; Paddy Nicoll*/Jamie Robertson.

Cliffburn 4: Paul Kelly/Craig Humphreys; Ricky Dewars/Ben Ross; James Jackson/Steven Scott; James Ewens/Glen McEvoy; Roy Middleton*/John Fotheringham.

Cliffburn (bar): Craig Robertson/Neil Walker; Stuart Campbell*/Stephen Humphreys; Jamie Sievwright/Sonny McPhail; Chris Smith/Ken MacPherson.

Newgate: Duncan Low/Derek Clubb; Drew Webster/Ryan Diplexcito; Graham Birse/Dean Craig; Scott Strachan*/Alex Cargill.

Station: Michael Shore/Chris Robinson; Matt Paton/Richard Crowder; Walter Preston*/Alex Whyte; Craig Taylor/Daniel Westwood.

West Port Bar: Dean Smith/James Twaddle; Wayne Robertson/Ricky Robertson; Brian Craig*/Bobby Bell; Bobby Din/Willie Whitson.

* denotes controller

Scotch Doubles

The Scotch Doubles tournament will be held at the Cliffburn Hotel tomorrow (Saturday) with a sign in time of 11 a.m. The entry deadline has been extended until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Any teams wishing to enter should contact Michael Bastow direct. The final format is still to be decided and will depend on entries, however, it is envisaged a group stage may be used this year.

Rules are Scotch Doubles, which means players take alternative shots within the same visit, i.e., player one makes a pot and then player two makes the next pot. Players are, therefore, leaving the white in position for their partner to play from. This is vastly different to the traditional ADPL doubles where each player takes separate visits.

SPA Grassroots

The entry deadline for this year’s Scottish Pool Association Grassroots Willie McCartney competition is Sunday, March 3. This event is run in a similar fashion to the IMs and Scottish singles, with the SPA carrying out the draw and then the players arranging their own matches between themselves at a time/venue etc that suits both. These matches will be best of 11 frames.

The number of qualifiers to the national finals is determined on a pro-rata basis once all entries are received. The more entries the Arbroath league receives, the higher the number of qualifiers. As a guide, there were 49 entries last year and Arbroath received eight qualifiers.

The national finals will be held at Cue Here, Airdrie, over the weekend of May 25/26. Entry remains at £5 per player with the SPA also adding an additional £500 to the prize pot above all entries.

The deadline for Arbroath entries is Friday, March 1, to allow collation at the SPA meeting on the Sunday.