Bainfield Ladies bounce back and go joint top

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Bainfield Ladies bounced back from two away defeats in Division 1C of the indoor bowls national leagues with a 93-80 win against Border visitors Tweedbank at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium.

Victories on three of the four rinks pushed the home side over the winning line with triumphs for Mandy O’Donnell, Marion Dickson and Anna Anderson.

Bainfield have now won all three of their home games and are joint leaders with East Lothian, Balbardie, and West Lothian but their away form is a concern. “We need to do better on our away trips but morale in our camp is high,” said Karen Tumblety.

Tweedbank are rooted ot the foot of the table and it was no great surprise that the home team opened up the stronger winning the first phase 33-22.

A highlight of the first seven ends was provided by O’Donnell’s rink who scored a six on end four.

Tweedbank refused to fold however and won the second phase 31-21.

Bainfield’s response to defending a 54-53 lead going into the final phase was inspired by a 13-5 contribution from O’Donnell which helped the home team dominate 39-27 to clinch the match points.

O’Donnell played a star role in skipping Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson and Rita Reid to the best result of the match, a commanding 30-19 victory over Marie Todd that had benefited from late counts of five and three.

Dickson carded four counts of four as she skipped Tumblety, Davina Crawford and Betty Eaton to a 27-19 win over Pat Houston. They had been tied 19-19 before tipping the scales with a four, four finish.

Anna Anderson made an encouraging start having added 1, 3, 4 to skip Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan and Susan Allan into a 9-2 lead but was closed to 11-10 before making space to 18 with a timely run of 3, 1, 3. The home rink went on to drop six shots over the last two ends but had done enough to beat their opposition 23-18.

Isabel Anderson and her rink of Gladys Christie, Kathleen Barr and Theresa Blair struggled against the collar from start to finish and only managed counts at eight of the 21 ends in a 24-13 defeat from E Bryden.