Willie Wood signs off as Scots finish second in Wales

Bowler Willie Wood at Prestwick airport when the Scottish Commonwealth Games team returned from Edmonton, Canada in August 1978
Bowler Willie Wood at Prestwick airport when the Scottish Commonwealth Games team returned from Edmonton, Canada in August 1978
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For the second year in succession, Scotland bowlers had to accept second best behind in the Men’s Home International Series title decider at Llanelli in south Wales.

It was also a poignant day for Scotland and the end of an era, with East Lothian’s Willie Wood calling time on his indoor international career at the ripe old age of 78. Willie, who began indoor bowling in 1972, signed off after receiving his 93rd cap.

Going into the final, both teams were unbeaten but England carried a far superior shots advantage therefore the Scots required nothing short of a victory to take the prestigious Hilton Trophy.

However, they got off to the the worst possible start, dropping 13 shots and only picking up a single on the first end, and that virtually set the tone for a frustrating match.

They did cut the deficit to three shots around the 12th end marker, but no sooner had they accomplished that than England launched a counter attack and pulled away again, out scoring the Scots on five of the last nine ends across the board to seal the verdict 122-100.

Alex Marshall skipped Scotland’s only winning rink and, along with Paul Boyd, Colin Hutchison and Mike Stepney, led all the way in their 19-6 win over Jamie Chestney. They finished the Series as the only unbeaten Scottish rink, winning all three of their games.

Neil Speirs, Derek Oliver and Darren Burnett lost in single figures while Paul Foster lost by ten and Stewart Anderson by 11.