Prestigious Scottish title for junior bowls team

The victorious East Fife junior team (from left) Andrew Nimmo, Lauren Thomson, Mitchell Thomson and Alastair Nimmo, with the president of host club Dumbarton in the middle.
The victorious East Fife junior team (from left) Andrew Nimmo, Lauren Thomson, Mitchell Thomson and Alastair Nimmo, with the president of host club Dumbarton in the middle.
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The East Fife Junior team have won the prestigious Scottish Young Indoor Bowlers National Fours Championship.

Playing at Dumbarton, the team comprised brother and sister Mitchell and Lauren Thomson and brothers Alastair and Andrew Nimmo.

The victory was particularly special for Coaltown of Wemyss siblings Mitchell and Lauren as it came just a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of their grandad, Bill McLelland, winning the New Year Sprint at Powderhall.

Bill, who is now 70, won the prestigious race in 1964 and he has been invited back to this year’s event in Musselburgh as a special guest of the organisers.

He travels to watch his grandkids bowl and was delighted to see them win the Scottish title.

There were three sections of six teams and the competition was played in round robin format.

The East Fife team opened with a 9-2 win over Stirlingshire club, Fintry, and followed up with wins over East Kilbride (6-4), Elgin (8-2), Inverclyde (5-2) and Bainfield (5-3).

This 100 per cent record set themselves up for a semi-final clash against Prestwick, and although this was a closely contested tie, East Fife triumphed 5-3.

After 36 ends of bowling, it is often difficult to maintain concentration levels, but this did not affect the East Fife team in the final as they swept aside the challenge of the Midlothian bowlers and finished 17-0 ahead.

They were helped by the score of a six at the second end and a five at the fifth, but overall, their performance was spectacular, and from the outset they never gave Midlothian the opportunity to get back into the game.