Markinch bowlers win British title

From left, Ryan Crawford, Wayne Hogg (skip) and Tom Pettigrew
From left, Ryan Crawford, Wayne Hogg (skip) and Tom Pettigrew

Markinch Bowling Club’s top trio returned from Leamington Spa with the British Isles Triples Championship last week

Tom Pettigrew, Ryan Crawford and Wayne Hogg qualified for the event after winning the Scottish Triples last year.

They had a comfortable 19-12 win in their first match against Derek Wilson’s Irish team, but faced a much more difficult task in the semi-final against the Guernsey triple of Todd Priauix, Ricky Brehaut and Kris Bichard.

There was never much separating the teams, but the Channel Islanders did pull away to lead 15-11 with only two ends remaining.

A good penultimate end by the Markinch team earned them a four to level matters, before adding a three at the last end to win 18-15.

In the final they faced the Welsh team skipped by Paul Taylor. Again, the Scots rose to the occasion, and by the 13th end, they led 18-8.

There was no way back for Wales with the Markinch marvels emerging as champions with a final 20-14 victory to secure the British title.

Following his British Isles success, Wayne Hogg played for Scotland in the International Series.

Wayne, who started his bowling career in East Lothian, played third for former teammate, Derek Oliver, along with two new caps, Steven Forrest and Steven Baxter.

They formed a highly effective four, defeating Wales (Will Thomas) 23-10, England (Jamie Chestney) 20-18, and Ireland (Clifford Craig) 26-9.

Even better was the fact that the Scotland team won all their matches to win the Series, even without the five bowlers selected for the Commonwealth Games team.