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.