Bowls: Bainfield battle back for home victory

Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, Slateford, Edinburgh.
Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Bainfield Bowling and Social Club, Slateford, Edinburgh.
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Bainfield battled back to score a 77-71 home victory over Abbeyview in their Section B match of the indoor bowls Premier League.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Craig Paterson, Robert Marshall and James Hogg added up to a combined plus of 11 shots that more than covered the six-shot setback suffered by Gavin Smith.

Smith, who doubles up as team manager, said: “Home wins are vital and that’s two in a row for us.”

Bainfield expected a tough fight against the Dunfermline outfit and the visitors showed up strongly on the first seven-end phase to lead 35-17.

Smith was a sufferer in the opening stages, getting a 14-0 pummelling from a Kenny Bald-skipped rink that had former Bainfield bowler Allan Ramsay at lead.

Smith had lost his intended third player Stuart Douglas because of a late call off resulting in Graeme McIntosh being drafted into play lead and Kerr McKail and Alan Brown moving up to second and third.

The outlook started to look brighter over the second phase with Smith the major contributor via a 14-5 input to a 35-21 Bainfield supremacy that closed the match gap down to 52-56.

A 13-4 contribution from Paterson to a 25-15 score was crucial for Bainfield as he produced the major highlight of the third phase, brilliant first and second bowl ‘turnouts’ that yielded a super count of six shots on end 16.

Paterson and his rink of Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt and Daniel Gormley trailed 8-0 after four ends but, fired up by the six to cross 19-15, went on to register a 25-19 win over Stuart Pagan.

Marshall made an encouraging start to skip Josh Spalding, Steven Pilley and team captain Colin Hutchison into a 12-4 lead after ten ends then went on to clinch a 16-12 win over Paul Brown.

Hogg and his front-three of Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart and John McDermott faced bleak prospects at 14-6 down after ten ends and still at 12-17 but conjured a magic finish of 3, 2, 1 to snatch an 18-17 win over Jim McGuire.

Smith got his rink back into contention with a three at end 16 to stand just 20-17 adrift but lost 23-18 to Bald.