Bainfield show their class to stave off relegation

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Bainfield secured their indoor bowls Premier League club status after scorching to a massive 42-shot victory (98-56) over Turriff in their play-off clash at Cumbernauld.

Turriff, runners-up in Division 1 North, were expected to be a tough proposition but a Bainfield team that had blown hot and cold in their league campaign turned on the style.

The Bainfield game plan was to make an early impact so it was a dream situation for team manager Alan Brown when the rink skipped by Scotland cap Colin Hutchison zipped into a 16-0 lead after six ends. Superior class told on the day with double-figure wins for the rinks skipped by Hutchison (23) and James Hogg (14) supported by a seven-shot success for Gavin Smith thereby dwarfing the two-shot defeat of team captain Craig Paterson.

Bainfield won all three phases of the 21-end game, capturing the first 30-25, although it was the 16-1 dominance of Hutchison that countered the fact that the Edinburgh side were slightly adrift by a combined ten shots on the other three rinks

Strong inputs from Hogg (12-2) and Smith (10-2) on the second phase were supported by Paterson (9-3) and Hutchison (8-7) to earn Bainfield a game-changing 39-14 supremacy.

Bainfield stayed focused on the third phase to win it 29-17 with an 8-1 and 11-4 contribution from Hogg and Hutchison respectively serving the team well. Hutchison’s opening run of 2, 5, 4, 1, 3, 1 was powerful stuff and he went on to skip Chris Downie, Brian Stoddart and Barry Hill to a 35-12 win over Mark Thurston, having finished in a 4, 3, 2, 1 blaze of glory.

Hogg ralled from 7-4 down to skip Jamie Reid, Alan Brown and Daniel Gormley into a 16-7 lead after 12 ends then later carded a mighty 5 at end-16 en route to a commanding 24-10 win over Connor Milne. Smith carded 3, 3 to skip Josh Spalding, Mark McIntosh and John McDermott into a 9-8 lead after eight ends then, under pressure at 17-15, produced a 1, 1, 3 finish to clinch a hard-earned 22-15 win over Dave Anderson.

Paterson and his rink of Adam Brock, Danny McCourt and Kevin Tennant were 10-5 down after nine ends but fought back to lead 17-14 before losing 19-14 to a 3, 2 finish from G Barclay.