Bowls: Bainfield fail to overcome Falkirk

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Bainfield’s away form remains suspect in Division B of the gents indoor bowls Premier League, with the Capital club suffering an 84-70 by table-toppers Falkirk.

Wins on two rinks was a pleasing factor for a Bainfield team hoping to build on two home triumphs on the trot, but the efforts of the Fours skipped by James Hogg and Craig Paterson couldn’t cover the defeat suffered by Robert Marshall and Gavin Smith.

“We did compete well enough on three of our rinks, but sad to say my own result was a bad one in double figures and it cost the team dear,” said team manager and skip Gavin Smith.

It turned out to be an ominous signal that Falkirk launched the match on a 9-0 clean sweep as they enjoyed two more, 6-0 at the fourth and a damaging 11-0 on the fifth, to register 31-8 on the master scoreboard.

Bainfield were rocked back onto their heels by this opening onslaught, but did start to steady the ship, although they still lost the first of the three seven-end phases 36-18.

Smith, at this stage, was 15-0 down.

The second phase was a much kinder one for Bainfield, with the visitors capturing it 30-24 to whittle their match deficit down to 12, and it would have been even better than that but for a 5-0 against them on end 14.

Bainfield remained competitive on the third phase and were within touching distance at only six shots down in the match on two occasion. However, a 6-0 clean sweep against them at the last cost them the phase, 24-22, and sentenced them to a 14 shot defeat.

Smith and his rink of Graeme McIntosh, Kerr McKail, and Alan Brown went down to a 27-9 defeat, while Marshall and his rink of Josh Spalding, Kevin Tennant and Colin Hutchison lost 17-11 to Gary Flynn.

Hogg enjoyed a purple patch spell of 3, (1), 1, 4, 4, (2), 1, 1 (2), 4 to skip Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart and John McDermott into a promising 20-9 lead after 15-ends, but their rate of scoring slowed down in a 25-20 win over Jim McHutchison, while Paterson carded 4, 2 at ends 12 and 13 to skip Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt and Daniel Gormley to a 25-20 victory over Steven Allan.