Bowls: Bainfield into Scottish Triples Final

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Suddenly there is an air of cheerful optimism lifting the spirits of the Bainfield faithful at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium as they enter the festive season entertaining hopes of celebrating a national title success.

Thoughts of fighting a relegation battle for survival in the gent’s Premier League have been pushed to one side, at least for a short while, by the strong show put up by the trio of Josh Spalding, Daniel Gormley and John McDermott in the play-down action of The Scottish Triples Championship.

McDermott and his front-two reeled off four wins on the trot to beat Berwickshire in the prelim round, West Lothian in the first round proper, Alloa in the second round, then Dumbarton in an epic section final battle.

The section final pitched Bainfield against Robert Kennedy Jnr, Thomas Allan and Richard O’Malley who had seen off East Fife (24-7), and Balbardie (26-10).

It was 13-13 playing the final end but McDermott fired a non-toucher bowl onto the jack, ditching both but following through to the brink with his delivered bowl to count the match-winner.

All three are outdoor junior caps and McDermott, who is 29, is a Scottish Mixed Pairs Champion and Spalding, 20, a Junior Singles Finalist while Gormley, 22, is also junior indoor cap and Junior Singles finalist.

“We are thrilled to bits at making it to the showcase stage of the national finals,” said McDermott.

Bainfield were 6-3 ahead against John Jackson, John Renton and Gavin Douglas of Berwickshire at East Lothian before accelerating to a 21-9 win.

The telling moments for Bainfield in their expected tough battle against West Lothian came in the middle stage of match where counts of three and four opened up gap that saw them safely deliver an 18-9 victory over Stewart McMaster, Connor McKendrick and Blair Mackie.

A switch of venue to Midlothian did not stall Bainfield as they beat Glenn Morton, Neil Soloman and Gary Craig of Alloa 20-17.

McDermott faced a potential count of five against him at the final end but answered the danger with a killer draw that restricted his loss to a single.