Kennedy and Mellors capture British Isles title for Scotland

Alister Kennedy and Billy Mellors
Alister Kennedy and Billy Mellors
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Scottish champions Alister Kennedy and Billy Mellors of East Lothian club West Barns captured the British Isles Crown with a sparkling performance to beat their Irish counterparts 23-16 in the final played at Leamington Spa.

“I failed to shine when bidding for the Junior Singles title in 1996 and the Singles proper in 2006, so it is a tremendous feeling of joy to deliver this British Isles title for Scotland in partnership with Alister – and we both played well to do so,” reflected Mellors.

Scotland’s 2013 champions made a dream start in the final to lead 16-2 after eight ends having conceded two singles but carding 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 1, then were so much in control that the loss of a 5 at end 15 still left them in a 20-13 comfort zone.

“We refused to be unsettled by that temporary setback and concentrated on staying mentally strong and focused to trade on our seven shot margin over the remaining five ends,” explained Mellors.

Scotland also celebrated a title success in the Triples where former East Lothian star Wayne Hoggs skipped Tom Pettigrew and Ryan Crawford to the crown with a 21-18 win over Wales in the final.

The final was a dramatic affair that went down to the wire in a thrilling climax that saw the Markinch trio answering immense pressure at 18-18 with a grandstand finish of 2, 1 to spark excited celebrations in the Scotland camp.

The Welsh captured the Singles with Dave Kingdon beating Martin McHugh of Ireland, while they won in the Fours at the 19-14 expense of Ireland.

They also beat Jersey 22-8 in the final of the Seniors Fours. Ireland enjoyed success in the Junior Singles with Gary Kelly defeating Greg Davis of Jersey, 21-8.