Super bowlers walking on Ayr

bowlers John Brennan (left)  and Andrew Comrie (East Wemyss) who qualified for the National Finals in Ayr.
bowlers John Brennan (left) and Andrew Comrie (East Wemyss) who qualified for the National Finals in Ayr.

LAST Friday was the culmination of this season’s Bowls Scotland Men’s District 7 ties, with all the winners qualifying for the National Championships at Ayr Northfield between July 23 and 28.

There were two ties in the afternoon with the inaugural Senior Singles and the Senior Fours being decided.

Jimmy Dick became the first winner in the Senior Singles after defeating Alex Rodger (Cupar) 21-17.

The Senior Fours saw an exciting finish, with Windygates four Billy Lamont, Jimmy Ferguson, Stewart Holland and Sandy Doctor claiming a 13-12 victory at the last end by taking a single to edge out the Leven team of Charlie Duff, Jim Thomson, Kenny and Dougie Hamilton.

In the evening, one of the best games was in the Junior Singles, when the younger of the two bowlers, Robbie Orr (Newburgh), played superbly to defeat the more experienced Chris Penman (Balgonie) 21-17.

In the main Singles event, Bruce Doig (Strathmiglo) always seemed to have the edge over evergreen Peter Brown (Crail) although the Crail bowler closed the gap on a number of occasions. There was to be no denying Bruce, who put in a strong finish to win 21-11.

Newburgh had a young pair representing the club in Stephen Turner and Steven Simpson. They put a good show, but several missed heavy bowls proved costly as Andrew Comrie and John Brennan (East Wemyss) proceeded to a 19-9 victory.

Strathmiglo made it a winning double, when they captured the Fours title through Martin Dalrymple, Calum Young, Alan Pearson and Blair Doig.

They seemed to be coasting to success against Kinburn’s Jim Latimer, Jim Lawrie, Campbell Fraser and Keith Goldsmith, when leading 15-4, but to their credit, Kinburn came back well and they had clawed their way back to 15-11 at the finish.

Since joining Bowls Scotland, this was the first time Kinburn had qualified for a major final.

The Mixed Pairs was won by Isa Findlay and Ranald McDonald (Duffus Park). Opposing Marion Goodall and Chris Page (Falkland), there was little to separate the teams at the outset, but when Duffus Park applied relentless pressure and Chris started missing heads with his heavy shots, the outcome became predictable, and the Duffus Park Pair proceeded to a decisive 27-10 victory.

The best finish came in the Triples for the home club, Markinch, with one special bowl sealing the Markinch victory.

The Buckhaven team of John Hunter, Harry Cairns and Gary Reilly, seemed undeterred by playing on their opponent’s green, as they levelled the scores at 10-10 with one end remaining.

At the last end the Buckhaven team lay the shot, while Markinch bowlers, Tom Pettigrew and Ryan Crawford had failed on this occasion.

Skip Wayne Hogg decided on a gamble by firing. He was on target, he took the jack into the ditch, and on inspection, there was no shot Buckhaven could play to win the game.

It was certainly the shot of the night, but Buckhaven would be deeply disappointed that they had no chance of rescuing the situation with their unplayed bowls.