Bowls: Rita aura inspires Bainfield Ladies

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Bainfield Ladies won’t finish top of Division 1C of the indoor bowls national leagues but the Edinburgh outfit can at least boast an unbeaten home record.

A winless away run has killed their chances of challenging high-flying East Lothian but Bainfield can celebrate strong performances at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium as confirmed by their latest win over second-placed Balbardie.

The Bathgate-based team’s threat to leaders East Lothian was killed off in savage style by a Bainfield team that ripped the visitors apart in the shape of a 41-shot demolition (109-68), engineered by a red-hot rink skipped by Rita Reid.

Wins for the rinks skipped by Anna Anderson and Isabel Anderson combined to make life very uncomfortable for Balbardie but the visitors did gain a degree of consolation via a winning effort contributed by Sharon Leitch at the expense of Mandy O’Donnell.

Bainfield were celebrating their fourth win on their home carpet and a full-house five is only denied by the flood postponed match against foot-of-the-table Teviotdale remaining unresolved – perhaps unlikely to be played.

Reid and her Bainfield front-three of Jeanette Crawford, Kathleen Barr and Cathie Falconer blazed a 14-4 trail after eight ends that included three counts of 4 then, having lost a calamitous count of seven at end 11 to be closed to 16-12, answered that challenge with a mighty five then a three to 24-12 before storming to a 40-17 triumph over Josie Bachini with a whirlwind run of 3, 5, 2, 3.

Anna Anderson skipped Aimee Robertson, Karen Tumblety and Susan Allan into a 12-6 lead then, being tested at 13-11, whizzed to a 25-12 win over Delia Flannigan with a grandstand finish of 1, 1, 2, 4, (1), 3, 1.

Isabel Anderson carded a three and a five to skip Davina Crawford, Lily Murray and Betty Eaton into a 15-8 lead over Angie Uttley then stretched her seven-shot lead to 11 (25-14) before clinching a 28-19 victory.

O’Donnell and her rink of Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson and Anne Watson answered a 12-2 deficit after six ends with a 1, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1 fightback to peel at 12-12 but slipped to a 20-16 defeat from Catherine Lochran, Catherine Shearer, Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch.