Bowls: Bainfield Ladies lose heavily to Teviotdale

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BAINFIELD LADIES failed in their bid to complete a hat-trick of opening wins in Division 1C of the indoor bowls national league as their trip to Hawick to face Teviotdale ended in a 86-68 defeat.

The Edinburgh elite managed to win on just one rink – Mandy O’Donnell and her rink of Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson and Rita Reid producing the goods. Teviotdale were winning for the first time and did so by inflicting losses on the Bainfield rinks skipped by Isabel Anderson, Anna Anderson and Marion Dickson.

Bainfield did make an encouraging start to the match with a 9-1 contribution from O’Donnell helping them to a 27-19 lead after the opening seven ends. The second phase was less rosy with Anna Anderson suffering a 9-1 setback towards a 31-21 deficit that accelerated the Borders opposition into a two-shot match lead at 50-48.

Bainfield’s prospects of leaving Hawick with a win took a major nosedive with the rink skipped by Dickson punished 13-5 and the picture was darkened further with Isabel Anderson outgunned 11-4.

Teviotdale captured the third phase impressively with a 36-20 domination that clinched the win.

O’Donnell built on her strong start to skip her rink into a 15-4 lead after 13 ends then answered a 3, 2, 2 stall at 15-11 with a four at the next then went on to register a 21-13 win over Caroline Hogarth.

Isabel Anderson included a five and a four as she skipped Gladys Christie, Kathleen Barr and Theresa Blair into a 14-11 lead after 11 ends before slipping to a 24-20 defeat by Julie Forrest. Anna Anderson and her front-three of Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan and Susan Allan struggled over the opening 13 ends to trail 13-4 but managed to show menace at 13-10 before suffering a 19-10 defeat from Irene Bennett. Dickson and her rink of Karen Tumblty, Davina Crawford and Betty Eaton conceded five at the opening end then again at the 11th and also lost three fours in a 30-17 defeat from Joyce Dickey.

Meanwhile, East Lothian celebrated a 98-57 victory over Tweedbank at Galashiels that pushed them to the top of the table on a shot margin of 95 to the 15 of Bainfield and -5 of West Lothian. Wins on all four rinks – skipped by Emma Logan, Yvonne Veitch, Lauren Baillie and Margaret Thomson – clinched the win.