Bowls: Bainfield ladies win big without three key players

Bainfield ladies thrashed Portobello 91-54 at the Hutchison Crossway stadium in Division 1C of the national bowls leagues.

By STEWART MEIKLE
Monday, 17th October 2011, 12:55 pm

“It was a good result for us and a great team performance considering we had three of our leading players missing in the shape of Anne Watson, Marion Dickson, and Mandy O’Donnell,” said Bainfield selector Muriel Old.

Wins on all four rinks, skipped by Isa Wilson, Anna Anderson, Theresa Blair and Kathryn O’Donnell reflects the measure of authority Bainfield had over their visitors.

It was Bainfield’s second win in three games and, with four points, they share the top of the table with East Lothian, West Lothian, and Teviotdale. It was Portobello’s second defeat.

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Bainfield’s reshuffled line-up hit the ground running to dominate the first seven-end phase and captured it 37-9.

Portobello showed steady improvement on the second phase, but lost it 28-16, then played well enough on the third to edge it 29-26.

Isa Wilson greatly influenced the result by skipping Karen Tumblety, Sheila Grigor and Hazel Crombie to a spectacular 32-8 win over the luckless Barbara Kay. Wilson and Co blazed an amazing 25-1 trail over the first 14 ends and counted at 17 of the 21 ends.

Anderson made an encouraging start to lead 9-3 after eight ends then, when pressured at 13-9, produced a telling run of 3, 2, 2 and went on to skip Aimee Robertson, Lily Murray and Kate McVey to a 22-12 win over Isabel Anderson.

Blair joined in the early rush of the home side to skip Susan Brown, Dorothy Barclay and Kathleen Barr into a 12-2 lead after nine ends but the opposition rink of Yvonne Nicolson, Nan Lake, Nicola Barclay and Rita Reid fought back to cross 17-16.

Blair and Co only had three ends to answer the wake-up call and they did so with a 2, (1), 2 reply to snatch an exciting 20-18 victory.

O’Donnell picked up strongly from 8-7 to skip Eleanor Campbell, Ann Matthew and Susan Allan into a 17-7 lead but they only scraped a 17-16 win after a storming 3, 2, 1, 3 finish from Jessie Wallace, Helen Gray, Cathie Ward and Harriet Munro.