After a good start for the Club in the first two weeks of the 2019 League season, Week 3 brought us back down to earth with a bump.
The Gents team hosted Kelso looking to build on their terrific start but after a number of changes to their lineup, it turned out to be a poor night. A new look rink of Landells, Cazaly, C. Ainslie & Hutton looked on course for a good win as they stormed into an 8-1 lead after 4 ends. However, 5 consecutive ends were then lost which brought Kelso back into the match. The Lauder quartet looked to have turned the match back in their direction though as they picked up singles on ends 14, 15 & 16 to take a one shot lead into the last end of the night. But it wasn’t to be for the home side as they agonisingly lost a two with Kelso’s last bowl of the match, falling as a result to a 17-16 defeat. That, unfortunately, was as good as it got for the home side.
On the adjacent rink, McDonell, White, Clarke & Wilson never really recovered from the loss of two consecutive 4s in ends 3 and 4 of their match as they were soundly beaten by 20 shots to 8. The rink of Guthrie, Gillie, A Ainslie & Gilchrist started their match well and held a 9-6 lead after 7 ends. The next 10 ends, however, saw the visitors pick up 17 further shots as the hosts fell to a 23-16 defeat. Finally, Young, McGeoch, Weir & Hogarth were left kicking themselves after not managing to hang on for a victory in their match. 14-7 up after 10 ends, they only managed one further shot in the last 7 ends of the match as they lost out 17-15. A poor night for the hosts who lost out by an overall score of 77 shots to 55.
The Club’s Ladies also had a miserable week with losses in both of their League matches played. On Tuesday evening they hosted Wilton Bowling Club. The home side’s rink of Clarke, Shackleton, Elrick & Scott were unlucky not to win their match – at 17-13 up with two ends to play they looked in control but the loss of 5 shots in the last two ends gave the visitors from Hawick an unlikely 18-17 win. Lauder’s other rink of Rooney, Wilson, Davidson & MacRae didn’t fare so well. Despite picking up 5 shots in the last 3 ends they lost out by 17 shots to 10 resulting in an overall 35-27 loss. Two nights later the team hosted Buccleuch and the same rink of Rooney, Wilson, Davidson & MacRae suffered another bad defeat this time losing out 17-6. There was one change to Lauder’s other rink as M.Sked replaced C. Elrick. They secured a point for the hosts with a 12-12 draw but at 12-6 up after 10 ends they were extremely disappointed not to come away with a win. A bad week for the Club was rounded off by this 29-18 defeat.
After their 3-2 win v Newtown two nights earlier, our Ladies were looking to keep their winning start going as they travelled to Selkirk last Thursday.
Rink number 1 for Lauder was unchanged as Shackleton, Sked, Scott and Ainslie sought to continue their excellent form from their match v Newtown. They got off to a flying start picking up a 6 and a 3 in the first two ends. After 5 ends they held a 12-2 lead and were never troubled by their Selkirk opponents as they cruised to a 19-7 victory.
Lauder's 2nd rink saw one change from their opening fixture as Avril Wilson replaced Christine Elrick as she joined Rooney, Davidson and MacRae. At 7-4 up after 6 ends, the Lauder quartet looked set for a good night. Ends 7 to 10 however put paid to the visitors chances as they lost 10 shots over that period. With the loss of a further 8 shots over ends 12 to 14 they went into the last end 22-10 down and an overall defeat was on the cards. A vital 2 shots on the last, however, salvaged the match for the visitors giving Lauder the overall win by 31 shots to 29.
A good start for the Ladies who sit 3rd in the League after their first two matches.
The Ladies first League match of the 2019 Season saw them host Newtown St Boswells Bowling Club on what was a drizzly Tuesday night earlier this week.
The home side’s rink of Shackleton, Sked, Scott and Ainslie only secured one more end than their opponents – 8 ends won and 7 lost. However, only on two ends did they lose more than a single. Compared to that, the Lauder quartet played some fantastic bowls winning two 5s and three 3s along the way to an excellent 22-10 victory which secured two points for the hosts.
The home side’s other rink of Rooney, Davidson, Elrick and MacRae found the going somewhat more difficult after the loss of a 6 on the opening end of the night. Had it not been for that, this could probably have been a comfortable night for the hosts. As it was, although the Lauder quartet won more ends than their opponents, they never quite managed to recover from that terrible start, ultimately losing out by 14 shots to 11.
That win for Newtown levelled the scores at 2-2 but as a result of the overall score being in favour of Lauder by 33 shots to 24, the winning point went to home side as they recorded a 3-2 victory. A good start for the Ladies and a special mention to two of the team, Carol Davidson and Isabel MacRae who last weekend were in terrific form as they won the Ladies Open Pairs Competition hosted by Gala Bowling Club – well done to them.
Our first League match of the Season in Division 2 of the 2019 Border Bowling League saw us host Buccleuch Bowling Club from Hawick on Wednesday 1st May. Buccleuch had finished in the top 4 of the Division last season so a tough match looked in prospect.
The rink of Davidson, White, Cassidy & Wilson were first off and when they lost a single on each of the first 5 ends of the match it looked bleak for the hosts, however, with the assistance of three 3s, a 2 and a single over the course of the next 9 ends they went into the last 3 ends of the match holding a 12-10 lead. Whilst they lost singles on two of those ends another 3 gave them a good 15-12 win. That match was to turn out to be the closest of the night.
On the adjacent rink, Clarke, McDonell, Weir & Gilchrist opened up with a 6 and a 4 in the first 2 ends of their match and were never to be pegged back. After 9 ends they held a 21-3 advantage but a loss of 6 ends in a row somewhat halted their march to a massive victory. In the end they were a little disappointed only to record a 27-10 win!
Meanwhile, A Ainslie, McGeoch, Ogilvie & Hogarth were comfortably in control of their match with the loss of only 5 ends on the night. They scored steadily and finished extremely strongly. 16-6 up after 13 ends, they scored 9 further shots in the last four ends for an excellent 25-6 win.
Not to be outdone, Landells, Gillie, C Ainslie & Hutton were also in excellent form. This match was tight at the start, Buccleuch taking a 3-2 lead after 3 ends but from ends 4 to 17, the home side only lost 3 singles. With the assistance of two 4s and a 5 along the way, a 28-6 victory was secured resulting in an emphatic overall result of Lauder 95 Buccleuch 34.
A terrific start to the new season and with such a great shot difference, Lauder sits at the top of the Division 2 Table after Week 1 of the season. A tough match this week, however, as they travel to face Selkirk in Week 2.
The Club's Opening Day was a successful one and the sun even managed to make an appearance on a cold but bright day. The green was in excellent condition and the Club are due a huge thanks, as always, to Rob for all his hard work over the winter. There was a good turnout with some 24 players taking part in a Hat Night Style Game with another 20 or so spectators. Hopefully, we will see a few new members this season - make the most of it, it will be September before we know it!