‘Flash’ Gordon the hero for West Barns in title-decider

West Barns show off the Andrew D McKellar Trophy
West Barns show off the Andrew D McKellar Trophy
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West Barns claimed a sparkling title success in the Scottish Inter County Top Five Club Bowls Championship.

Having battled their way through to the last-four stage, the champions of East Lothian ended their campaign with wins over Carrick Knowe and Castle Douglas at Sighthill to etch their name on the Andrew D McKellar Trophy.

While the team effort was immense in both games West Barns are hailing 28-year-old Calum Gordon as the hero in both the semi-final and final with his wins over Carrick Knowe and Castle Douglas being the match clincher and title winner, respectively.

Gordon found himself with the immense pressure of last man standing in an epic battle against Carrick Knowe that was hanging in the balance at 2-2 and him 16-13 down to Colin Mitchell.

“Mitch is a singles expert with five Tait Trophy and numerous District triumphs to his name, so our prospects looked bleak. But fortunately for us Calum ignored the form book and flashed to 21 with a sparkling finish of 4, 2, 1, 1,” reflected spokesman Scott Kennedy.

West Barns’ own singles expert, the 2006 national champion Billy Mellors, was first to set the semi-final alight with a strong performance to beat Richard Tough, 21-17. Carrick Knowe rode that opening blow, the Edinburgh & Leith champions hitting back with Darren Hush and Paul O’Donnell edging 21-19 thrillers over Scott Kennedy and Scott Thorburn, respectively.

A high-octane clash between two current Scotland caps, Alister Kennedy and James Hogg, resulted in a 21-17 win for Kennedy that levelled the match at 2-2 to leave Gordon and Mitchell centre-stage.

Castle Douglas beat Dunfermline West end 5-0 in their semi-final.

The final against Castle Douglas – champions of The Stewartry – saw Mellors polish off Billy (Buff) Brysden 21-9 in 17 ends, having added a run of 3, 3, 3, 3 to lead 16-6.

The notion the trophy would be destined for Belhaven Best country was enhanced by the 21-13 win for Scott Thorburn over Alan Davies, with the West Barns player blazing a hot trail to stand 14-3 up after 14 ends.

West Barns now needed win number three to trigger their Champions of Scotland celebrations and it was ‘Flash’ Gordon that answered call when from 19-18 down he conjured up a magical 2, 1 finish to beat Graeme Maxwell, 21-19.

It was game set and match to West Barns and Castle Douglas conceded the last two games with Scott Kennedy leading John Crawford 18-16 and Alister Kennedy 18-12 up on Scott Davis.