On the greens at Leslie and Markinch

LESLIE Bowling Club

THE annual Pete Inglis Trophy at Leslie Bowling Club produced a nail biting finish which went right down to the last bowl, before Derek Lowe’s rink could claim victory ahead of Bill Cathro.

Needing two shots on the last end, Cathro took the mat with three against him and no obvious way to the jack. He drew his first shot to perfection but was a fraction tight with his last bowl, giving David MacKenzie senior, skipping for Lowe, the victory he needed to top the table. Cathro’s defeat saw his rink drop into third place, edged out of second by Peter Grant.

The club’s members had given the organisers a welcome problem, turning out in such numbers that the competition format had to be changed to give everyone a game. Derek Lowe and Iain Martin fought out a tense draw while there were first round wins for Bill Cathro and Fiona Grant against David MacKenzie junior and Peter Grant respectively.

Peter Grant recovered to set up a big lead over Dick McIntosh in game 2, though McIntosh nearly pulled off a remarkable fight back when Grant narrowly avoided losing a calamitous six on the final end. Iain Martin got off to a flying start against Bill Cathro but two threes in quick succession put Cathro in front and he held on to record his second victory and end Martin’s title hopes. David Mackenzie junior suffered a similar fate, going four shots clear of Fiona Grant but losing the last three ends for a tie that kept Mrs Grant’s rink very much in the running going into their last game.

Iain Martin may have been out of contention but he still had a big influence in the final result when he inflicted the first defeat of the day on Fiona Grant. Mrs Grant was four shots up and heading for another big count when Martin produced an inch perfect trail on the jack to collect a six. Mrs Grant had the consolation of knowing that the two shots she picked up on the last end were just enough to keep her ahead of Martin in the final standings. Peter Grant finished with a win thanks to two fives in the last two ends against David MacKenzie, though Keiren Martin’s last bowl drive for the MacKenzie rink came within a whisker of turning the result on its head. The final game of round 3 saw Derek Lowe edge out Dick McIntosh to set up the thrilling finale with Cathro.

Final standings:- 1st D Lowe, D MacKenzie senior, L MacKenzie, R Chrisp (5 points, +5 shots); 2nd P Grant, W Barron, G Campbell, W Fleming (4 points, +4 shots, 23 shots scored); 3rd W Cathro, I Drysdale, M Drysdale, J Anderson (4 points, +4 shots, 20 shots scored).

Friday night’s league game at Coaltown of Wemyss went ahead in atrocious after a last minute inspection of the green. For the second week in a row Leslie went down to narrow defeats in all three rinks, leaving them without a point. Iain Martin’s rink produced some flashes of good play but the loss of an early four proved decisive. There was last minute heartache in the other two rinks as both Derek Lowe and Derek Pollock had game lies but could only look on as their respective opponents clinched the points with the final bowl.

On Sunday (20 May) the club welcomes visitors from north of the Tay for a friendly fixture against Barnhill. Players are reminded that this match will start at the earlier time of 2pm.

MARKINCH Bowling Club

ON Thursday, the first Fife competition, the National Playing Fields Trophy, was played in extremely cold conditions.

In the away game at Kinghorn B.C., J.Lafferty, J.Dewar, B.Bell and T.Young (skip) lost 14-20, while in the home game against Lumphinnans B.C., A.Thomson, K.Bunting, J.Buchan and A.Blair (skip) won 17-14. However, with a win and a loss, the trophy will not be coming to Markinch this year.

The Wemyss & District League games started on Friday, 4 May and in the Division One game away at Buckhaven all three skips, T.Pettigrew, T.Young and S.McFarlane, lost, resulting in a 0-8 defeat. There was a slight improvement on Friday past with a 4-4 draw in the home game against Thornton B.C. There were defeats for T.Pettigrew and T.Young, but a crunching 27-6 win for W.Hogg ensured the 2 points for the overall score gave Markinch 4 points.

In the Senior game against Buckhaven B.C. on Wednesday, W.Cowan lost the away game 17-20, while J.Marshall lost the home game 11-19 resulting in a 0-5 defeat.

The first leg of the Balblair Trophy was played on Saturday, 5 May with victory for the home team by 128 shots to 102, giving Markinch a lead of 26 shots for the second away leg at Balgonie in September. The individual scores were wins for A.Blair (31-10), B.Cowan (22-20) and J.Marshall (25-11), with defeats for J.Dewar (17-19), T.Young (18-22) and B.Barnes (15-20).

On Sunday, 6 May, Markinch travelled to Auchtermuchty for another friendly fixture, but unfortunately lost by 76 shots to 99. The individual scores was a win for Mrs.M.Shaw (22-14), with defeats for Mrs.A.Young (15-17), J.Garden (17-23), J.Marshall (8-28) and G.Shaw (14-17). There was a visit to Victoria B.C. on Saturday for the annual friendly fixture, with the hosts winning by 88 shots to 78. There was a win for J.Dewar (33-15), but defeats for S.McFarlane (13-28), J.Marshall (13-25) and P.McTavish (19-20).

The draws for this season’s Ladies and Gents competitions are displayed on the boards in the locker room. The draws for the Wemyss League competitions are also on the notice board. There is a notice with more information about club colours shirts, which hopefully will allow the club colours to be registered and members to purchase the shirts.