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BEAT THE CLOCK – 29th May 2022

The last Saturday in May saw us hold our first singles competition of the season as our Beat the Clock Event took centre stage. The first round ties were timed to a maximum of 35 minutes and the top match in the draw saw Ian Hogarth take on Leonard Moorhead in an entertaining game. Good job for Ian that this wasn’t the final played over 15 minutes as he rapidly found himself in trouble in the early part of the encounter at 5-0 down. Time was on Ian’s side, however, as he came back to progress to the 2nd Round with a 12-10 victory. He would face in the 2nd Round Alan Alexander who after strolling into a 9-1 lead against newbie Claire McDonell came under real pressure with Claire making a great fist of her first ever singles competition winning the last 4 ends, narrowly losing out by 9 shots to 7. Alan’s wife, Lesley, took on Christine Elrick and Christine proved how difficult she is to play against as she stormed to 12-6 victory. The other half of the draw saw one first round match as Roddy McGeoch defeated Alan Richards in a tight affair – 5-5 after 7 ends and it was anyone’s game, but the last three ends were scoreless for Alan as he bowed out 9-5.

Into the 2nd round and games were reduced to 30 minutes – Alan was never in it against Ian after a dreadful start as he lost out 12-3. Robert Moorehead took on Sandra Fullerton in a good game and at 5-4 down after six ends, Sandra was still in with a real chance – the final three ends played however, all went Robert’s way as he set up a quarter final tie against Ian. After her big win against Lesley, Christine faced what looked like a much tougher task against Kenny White in Round 2 – she was on fire – a 9-3 victory put her into the quarter finals. There she would meet the winner of the brother v sister affair between Dod Watson and Margaret Scott. 8 ends were finished in this one and 5 of them went Dod’s way, a three on end 5 making all the difference as he progressed with a 7-3 victory.

In the other half of the draw, Lee Wilson recorded the biggest win of the day (and one of the biggest ever in this competition – OK we won’t mention who holds the record for the worst result ever……) as he battered Jimmy Gillie by 17 shots to 2. In the quarter finals he would meet the winner of Greig McDonell and Neil Craig. The score flattered Greig, a 4 on the penultimate end helping him to a 12-7 victory. With the last two places in the quarters up for grabs, Roddy McGeoch recorded a big victory over Avril Wilson, and he would be joined in the quarters by Alex Weir who had a similarly big win against Jane Stevenson.

Quarter Final 1 was between Ian and Robert, Robert out to avenge Ian’s defeat of brother Lenny earlier in the day – 25 minutes play this time and that was just not enough for Robert – after holding a 3-1 lead he lost a 2, a 2 and a single to fall 6-3 behind before picking up a 2 on what turned out to be the last end – an unlucky 6-5 loss.

In Quarter final 2, Dod took on the in form Christine – Christine’s two previous matches had seen her score 21 shots for the loss of only 9. Surely she was the favourite? And at 7-2 ahead and 7-4 up as the hooter sounded she was coasting to victory…. – hold on a minute – the last end and a loss of a full house! A remarkable comeback victory for Dod 8-7.

The third quarter final saw Lee take on Greig – if Greig ignores the first 20 minutes of this match he won 5-0 – unfortunately for him those first 20 minutes saw Lee score 11 unanswered shots as he progressed to the semi-final stage 11-5.

And finally, Alex took on Roddy in the last quarter final – this was up there with the Dod v Christine match for drama. It all looked to be going in Roddy’s favour as he stormed into a 6-0 lead after 3 ends. After 5 ends he lead 7-2 and the match was in his control but back came Alex to trail by only one shot at 6-7 – end 8 was underway when the hooter sounded, and it all came down to that final end – a gritty single for Roddy saw him progress.

The first semi-final (20 minutes) saw Ian take on Dod – Dod was still on cloud 9 from his comeback quarter final win and perhaps he was still thinking about that rather than this match – Ian was never in trouble as he progressed to the final with a resounding 11-0 win. The other semi was a little more competitive between Lee and Roddy. Two singles to Roddy gave him the early advantage but that was followed by the loss of 4 ends in a row as Lee picked up a 3, two 2’s and a single and the match was over. The last end went to Roddy, but it was Lee who triumphed 8-3.

The final was a quickfire 15 minute affair in which Lee and Ian managed to fit in five ends. Ian got off to a horror start losing a 3 and then a single to go 4-0 down. But he then picked up a 2 followed by a 3 and suddenly going down what turned out to be the last end Ian held a 5-4 advantage. For anyone who’s not seen it, the final bowl of this contest was caught on camera and what a bowl it was. Ian had picked up the jack and it had flown into the ditch – his bowl hadn’t followed closely enough though and he was one down as Lee played his last bowl – an absolute cracker to the very edge of the ditch to pick up a two and with it the Beat the Clock trophy – a great finish to a terrific day.  

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