Bowls: Balbardie state their intentions

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BALBARDIE have flattered to deceive in previous indoor bowls seasons and the Bathgate-based club is again raising expectations by completing an opening hat-trick of wins in Division 1C of the national leagues.

Their latest success was a spectacular 48-shot triumph, having travelled to Hawick at the weekend and winning on all four rinks to achieve a 112-64 victory over Teviotdale.

It was Balbardie’s third win on the trot against Borders opposition, having opened with a stunning 74-shot win over Berwickshire at Bathgate, then, with home carpet advantage still in their favour, enjoying a handsome 16-shot success over Tweedbank.

“It is encouraging to get a first away win under our belt and to do so with a strong team performance that fires up our ambition to have a real go at making it through to the promotion qualifying stage,” said team manager Bill Black.

Black is well aware that the main danger to Balbardie’s hopes of dominating the league section is Dunfermline-based club Headwell, who have won two out of two so far.

“We visit Headwell in our next fixture and that will represent a major test to our resolve and ability to cope with a pressure situation” added Black.

Teviotdale had lost both of their opening games. Nevertheless, it was an impressive display by the visitors to lead from start to finish and win by such a big margin.

Balbardie had the measure of Teviotdale on all three phases of the match. The four successful skips were regulars Sandy McDougall, Ewan Shearer joined by the promoted Jim Speirs, and Gary Orr.

McDougall carded a sizzling count of 6 on end 12 to lead 23-6 and cashed in on that opening blitz to skip Alistair Wilson, Andy Forrest and Mark Bonar to a 32-12 win over D McDougall.

Shearer added a mighty count of 5 at end 10 to lead 16-5 then skipped Lawson Trotter, John Gilogley and Ian Drysdale to a 32-14 win over S Anderson.

Speirs included counts of 5 at ends 9 and 18 as he skipped Craig Kirkwood, Andy Jenkins (making his debut) and Peter Lynch to a 25-16 win over E Lindores.

Orr came from well off the pace at 18-6 down to recover and skip Graeme Keery, David Ross and Diz Drysdale to a 23-22 win over A Brady.