Jun 17 2009 by John Miller, Stirling Observer Wednesday
HIGH-FLYING Stirling County West bowlers are poised to take their place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cities & Counties championship.
In their top of the table clash with Ayrshire last Saturday at Spittalmyre, County West turned in a superb performance to see off the Honest Men by five shots after a memorable match.
The result sent County West two points clear at the top of their West qualifying section of the Hamilton Trophy with just one match remaining.
Holding a massive 83 shots advantage over second placed Ayrshire, it would take a highly unlikely combination of results to deny County West of further progress.
Saturday's match at Spittalmyre lived up to all expectations with the standard of bowls from both sides simply stunning with the result in doubt right up until the final delivery.
Eight shots ahead after the opening five ends, County West maintained that advantage until the halfway mark, but then Ayrshire kicked back to close the gap
However County West edged ahead over the closing ends and held a four-shot advantage with one rink playing their final end. Ayrshire skip Graeme Campbell's final desperate strike only resulted in a further shot for the extremely happy homesters.
Paving the way for County West were Charlie Gibson, Steve Whitton, Craig Watson and Jason Williams with a magnificent 23-10 victory over Graeme Campbell.
David Stewart, Peter Black, Pat Martin and Sandy Deans were 19-18 winners over Douglas Watson, while Ian Gillies, Ian Forsyth, Rae Duncan and Derek Logie finished all square (23-23) with Gary Hood.
Paul Monteith, Harvey Robertson, Kevan Frogley and Danny McCormick lost 17-19 to Ian Galloway, while Richard Guy, Manny Cruz, Billy Guy and Hugh Letford were also two down (16-18) to Johnny Carsewell.
Terry Reilly, Joe Traynor, Dougie Kerr and Bryan Stillie finished 12-17 adrift of Colin Smith. Totals: Stirling County West 110, Ayrshire 105. The man of the match award went to Rae Duncan.
The final West Section qualifying match on Saturday is against Dumbartonshire West at the Dumbarton green.
Sandy Deans will be supported by David Stewart, James Brown and Pat Martin, while Jason Williams' rink will include Aaron Hazel, Steve Whitton and Craig Watson. All other rinks remain unchanged. Reserve is Charlie Gibson.
The team bus will leave Stirling Bowling Club at 11.30am picking up at Whins of Milton.
IN last Sunday's final of the Scottish Bowling League for Under 25s at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire lost (94-120) to Edinburgh & Leith.
Scores (Stirlingshire skips first): D McEwan 19, C Hutchison 15; G Malcolmson 11, P O'Donnell 23; G Hutchison 16, C Steven 18; C Ross 13, G Kirk 24; D Couper 19, J McDermott 14; M Orr 16, J Gracie 26.
WINNERS of last Saturday's invitation triples competition were Jimmy Gilmour, Willie Wisdom (Stirling) and Willie Duffy (J&W Builders), while runners up were Angus Mills, David Campbell and Ron Linton (Stirling). J&W Builders once again sponsored the event.
STIRLINGSHIRE Central played their Eastern District counterparts at Carron & Carronshore green last Sunday - and won by 11 shots.
Scores (Central skips first): T Findlay 16, D Wardlaw 12; R Horsburgh 17, R McInally 13; D Anderson 7, T Laing 22; J Stout 14, A Shaw 15; J McKenzie 17, D Blair 6; E Greasley 19, B Smith 11. Totals: Central 90, Eastern District 79.
SUNDAY'S ladies invitation rink competition was won by S Finnie, J Abercromby, M Penman and S McNeill from the host club. Runners up were Sauchie's C Milne, I Hughes, M Sneddon and J Bennett.
Losing out in the semi-finals were M Fleming, S Davidson, H Myles and A Weldon (Bridge of Allan) along with Doune Castle's L Armstrong, D Rose, M Monteith and A Feaks.
AIRTHREY SPA v SPITTALMYRE
LAST Saturday's match resulted in victory for Airthrey Spa by 29 shots. Scores: I Gilchrist 18, R Whitfield 20; C Thrower 18, A McLean 15; I MacFarlane 18, A Holroyd 10; I Watt 31, S McFarlane 11. Totals: Airthrey Spa 85, Spittalmyre 56.
THE senior open pairs competition was won by Ian Carnachan and Peter Doyle (Causewayhead). Runners up: W Kirkwood and J Blevins (Polmaise).
AIRTHREY SPA V BRIDGE OFALLAN
THE annual match for custody of the Aiton Bowl was played at Airthrey Spa green recently with Bridge of Allan winning by 13 shots.
Scores (Airthry Spa skips first): I McFarlane 12, I Anderson 12; I Gilchrist 18, A Greasley 18; N Yarrow 14, M Sadgrove 18; I Watt 15, A Lafferty 13; C Thrower 11, W Guy 13; J Stout 7, G Forrest 19. Totals: Airthrey Spa 77, Bridge of Allan 93.
DISTRICT NINE LEAGUE
RESULTS of Bruce Section matches played on Friday, June 12 were: Borestone 14, Causewayhead 13; Causewayhead 18, Borestone 20; Polmaise 14, Dunblane 19; Dunblane 19, Polmaise 10; Bridge of Allan 20, Cambusbarron 16; Cambusbarron 18, Bridge of Allan 24.