National Bowls: Bainfield to the Fours

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Bainfield chalked up a double success at the Bowls Scotland Championships at Ayr Northfield with their Gents and Ladies rinks both making comfortable progress into the second round of the Fours.

But it was a disappointing day for the other side of the Capital with District 14 champions Hillside (Gents) and Willowbrae (Ladies) both crashing out on day one of mainstream events.

Craig Paterson skipped his Bainfield front three of Stuart Clark, David McNair and Steven Pilley to a 21-9 win over St Fergus (Wick), having hit the ground running in the shape of a spectacular run of 1, 2, 3, 6, 3 to lead 15-0. In direct contrast, the start made by Susan Allan, June Fairgrieve, Anne Watson and Alison Ross was a worrying one as the Bainfield rink trailed 7-2 after five ends. However, they rallied with a run of 1, 2, 5 to cross Cults (Aberdeen) 10-7. Cults added a single to 8 but Ross and Co imposed their supremacy with a purple patch spell of 1, 1, 3, 4 to lead 19-8 and won 21-9.

Hillside gents made a great start to lead 8-2 but the roof caved in on the rink of John Simpson, John Newall, BJ Smith and Colin Bell in a heavy 22-9 defeat from Airdrie Central.

Sady Franes Wood and her Willowbrae rink failed to spark and made a 21-16 exit to a Kennoway rink skipped by Lynn Stein.

Gary Smith skipped his Linlithgow rink to a 20-5 win over Overtown & Waterloo while Alister Kennedy skipped West Barns to a 16-11 win over Thornton.

Wardie duo Frank Clelland and John Duncan survived a 14-13 thriller against Denny in the Pairs while Jom Boner and Brian Young of Tranent beat Ronnie Duncan and Kevin 
McDougall of Bonnyrigg 17-13.