Bowls: Gormley’s pride over victorious cap debut

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Bainfield bowler Daniel Gormley was thrilled after making his Scotland junior debut in the hosts’ spectacular Home International Series win at Glasgow IBC.

The Scots not only captured the title with victories over England, Wales and Ireland but saw all four rinks win all three of their games. The 22-year old, pictured below, said: “I had been on cloud nine since news of my selection some weeks ago but being part of a history-making occasion was brilliant.”

Lothian representation was extremely thin on the ground but Ewan Fallen of East Lothian IBC, who was playing in his second series, joined Gormley in the 16-man team.

Gormley played second to Darren Gualtieri (Whiteinch), Richard O’Malley and Kevin Anderson (both Dumbarton) while Fallen played second to Jason Banks (Garioch), Connor Milne (Turriff) and team captain Callum Taggart of Paisley.

Gormley’s first game came against defending three-in-a-row champions England and his rink made a blistering start to power into a 12-1 lead after six ends that included a super count of 6 at end five against Alex Walton. Gormley and Co charged on to contribute a 24-12 victory to the sensational 102-59 triumph which also saw Taggart deliver a 21-15 win over Perry Martin.

Wales came into their match against the Scots with a 19-shot win over Ireland under their belts but there was no holding the hosts as they powered to a commanding 97-55 victory during which Gormley and Co registered a sizzling count of six on their first end, inspiring Anderson to skip his rink to a 27-14 win over Daniel Salmon.

And the highlight for Fallen was Taggart zipping into a 12-4 lead then going on beat Liam Stone 24-8.

Ireland were destined for the wooden spoon but Scotland showed them no mercy in their final game – hitting the front at 14-5 on end two, then racing to a 108-61 victory.

Gormley’s book of fantastic memories gained another entry with yet another count of six – coming on 15 to lead 20-10, then Anderson skipping the rink to a 31-14 win enhanced by a 4, 5 finish against Stephen Coleman.

Fallen’s rink also celebrated a count of six on end two that fired up Taggart on the way to a 23-14 win over Alastair Coleman.