Bowls: Sighthill’s Melrose reaches semis at Ayr

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ADAM MELROSE produced two winning performances to reach the semi-finals of the Gents Seniors Singles at the Bowls Scotland National Championships at Ayr Northfield.

The 63-year-old Sighthill player came close to making an exit in the second round when standing 20-19 down to Tom Simpson of Chryston. Simpson had been catching his opponent out with his use of a short-mat tactic and continued to ask the same questions on end 22 but Melrose carded a double to win 21-20.

Melrose returned to the arena some six hours later to face third-round opponent Hugh Smith of Stonehouse and a grandstand finish of 2, 3, 2 clinched a 21-10 victory in 18 ends.

“I felt I could have the measure of Hugh when I carded a good three to lead 13-7 and, when faced with a touch of pressure at 14-10, I found the perfect response,” said Melrose.

Roddy Watson of Dean failed to shine in his usual manner and lost 21-11 to Willie McCallum of Troon in 20 ends.

Sighthill suffered a major disappointment with the second-round exit of the Mixed Pairs defending champions Mary Price and her grandson John McDermott, who crashed 16-7 to Gail Notman and Hugh Smith of Stonehouse.

East Lothian challengers Dee Hoggan and John McCrorie, however, beat Polmaise 25-11 then Wigtown 23-7.

Colinton Ladies showed great promise with a 21-6 win over Gourock Park but the rink of Pat Pryde, Ann Matthew, Sandra Slater and Cathy Stark made a 16-9 exit to Westhill of Aberdeenshire.

Polton, Buchan Park and Gullane suffered second-round defeats but Winchburgh and Kirkhill both won twice to create a semi-final showdown in the Gents Seniors Fours.