Bellsburn secure a Top Ten semi-final slot

Bellsburn were victorious in Campbeltown
Bellsburn were victorious in Campbeltown
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Bellsburn came into The Co-operative Funeralcare Inter County Top Ten Tournament as minnows but the first-time West Lothian champions continue to grow in stature and their third victory has secured a place in the semi-finals.

Concerns over the long and early morning journey to take on Argyll & Bute champions Campbeltown were consigned to the rubbish bin as Bellsburn won 6-2.

Wins in the Triples, Fours, and Pairs were all the result of strong starts and combined to overcome the early setback of spearhead figure Scott Middlemiss losing in the Singles.

Middlemiss was first off and slipped to a 21-10 defeat in 21 ends from Archie Johnston.

Bellsburn’s first response came in the Triples and having made a terrific start to lead 10-1 the trio of Stuart Mackay, Jack Murphy and Alan Murphy, absorbed later pressure to clinch a 14-10 victory.

The Bellsburn rink of Gordon Snedden, Dave McQueen, Eddie Caulfield and Simon Lamb saw an early 6-1 lead dwindle ut reached 13-12 and then produced a 4, 2 finish to triumph 19-12.

The Pairs’ 15-8 win clinched the match but the main applause for Sam Gray and Craig Yeaman came in response to an electrifying start of 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1 for a 10-0 lead that had the Bellsburn camp buzzing.