Ratho’s Stuart Smith makes history at Seniors Open

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STUART SMITH of Ratho bowling club beat clubmate Norrie Alexander in the Weslo Housing WLBA Seniors Open.

Smith captured the coveted crown at Glenmavis in Bathgate, winning 21-16 over 23 ends to become the first player from Ratho to win the title.

Alexander had come into the final on the impressive high of beating 2012 champion Gordon Scott of Armadale 21-8 over 15 ends having carded 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, to lead 13-4.

Smith had been harder pressed in his semi-final against John Collins of Middleton Hall having faced pressure at 12-11 but responded with a burst of 1, 1, 1, 2 to stretch into a 17-12 lead then clinch a 21-12 victory in 24 ends.

The final saw Smith steal a march to lead 11-4 after eight ends then was tested at 12-9 produced a timely answer of 3, (1), 1, 1 (2) 1 to stand in full sight of the title at 18-12; but it was five ends later before a single on the 23rd triggered the victory salute.

Smith won from a starting field of 96 and summed up his feelings by saying: “It’s a special feeling to etch your name on a trophy for posterity and to achieve it from an Open Field enhances the feeling of achievement.”