On Monday night, May 30, the first half of the Bowls Scotland District Finals were held at West End Bowling Cub in Stranraer. The weather on the night was perfect and there was a good turnout of supporters and spectators to watch the games.
In the Singles game, David McColm got off to a great start and by the 6th end was 9-1 up. But by end 12, Donnie McDonald had tied the game at 9-9, they tied again at 14-14 after the 18th end finished. David scored a total of 4 shots in the next 2 ends and Donnie followed this with a shot in the 21st end. David won the next 2 ends to win the game 21-15.
The Fours game unfortunately never really started for Portpatrick and were 13-2 down after 6 ends. After scoring a total of 7 shots in the ends that were left, Portpatrick didn’t manage to pull back the difference that the Stranraer Four added to over the final ends of the game.
In the Triples, Kirkcolm got off to a bad start and were 10-1 down after the first 5 ends were played. They made a comeback to get back to 2 down against the Stranraer Triple. The Stranraer team improved their hold on the game by winning the final 4 ends to make them the outright winners.
The Pairs game was a close fought battle from the 7th end when the West End pair took 5 shots to tie scores with Newton Stewart at 6-6. From there on the Pairs game was an exciting, close fought battle throughout the final 10 ends. After the last end, Newton Stewart became the eventual winners.
Singles - David McColm (Sandhead)
Pairs - Wullie Lochrie, Ivy McCrae (Newton Stewart)
Triples - Alex Higgins, Michael Kelly, David Kelly (Stranraer)
Fours - Dean McColm, John McColm, Kevin Lindsay, Paul McCutcheon (Stranraer)
The second half of the Finals will be held at Whithorn Bowling Green at 7pm on Friday 3rd June.
Secretary Brendan Handing said: “I would like to thank all the bowling greens that allowed me the use of their facilities for the running of this completion. Thanks also goes out to those who helped me throughout the competition and to those for keeping me on my toes with their points made and questions.”