Argyll bowlers are Scottish Inter County Top Ten runners up

An Argyll Bowling Club team and a band of supporters travelled to Bainfield Bowling Club in Edinburgh for the semi-final and final of the Scottish Inter County Top Ten competition.
An Argyll Bowling Club team and a band of supporters travelled to Bainfield Bowling Club in Edinburgh for the semi-final and final of the Scottish Inter County Top Ten competition.

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An Argyll Bowling Club team just missed out on winning the Scottish Inter County Top Ten competition.

The team and a band of supporters started their journey to the semi-final last Saturday and, after an overnight stop, arrived at Bainfield Bowling Club in Edinburgh on Sunday morning where they took on Abbeyview Bowling Club from Dunfermline.

John McLachlan had a tight game early on in the singles but eventually opened up a lead on Dylan Robertson of Abbeyview.

The speed of the green and tricky runs caused all players issues on the day but John eventually clinched the game 21-9 to get the first two points on the board.

The triple of Gary Grumoli, David Reid and Gavin McLachlan jnr fell behind early on but once again clawed back the shots and, in the final end, clinched a vital win for Argyll, with Gavin turning another head to put another two points on the board.

While the pair of Lee Allen and Shaun Grumoli led for most of the game – 8-1 and 11-5 – the Abbeyview pair fought back and scored a four going into the penultimate end, with a lead of 14-11.

But Lee and Shaun scored two and one to gain the vital point which took Argyll into the final.

The rink of Kenny Kerr jnr, Malcolm Maguire, Kenny Kerr snr and Bobby Mathieson were down at this point but had three ends left once the game had been won overall, so the teams shook hands and Argyll progressed with a 5-3 victory.

Haddington Bowling Club from East Lothian beat Elderslie Wallace Bowling Club from Renfrewshire 6-2 in the other semi-final meaning it was Haddington vs Argyll in the final.

The Argyll team struggled early on in the final with Haddington taking an early lead in singles, pairs and triples.

The rink started off tight but eventually lost their early lead with Haddington taking full control of the games.

Once again, the triples fought back from being 7-0 and 16-10 down and took the lead with a big six later in the game.

In the singles vs Billy Mellors, John fell behind early, going down 10-1 but fought back to 12-10.

The pairs had a tight game as well and were always one or two shots behind but the Haddington pair had a late surge to lead the game by five going into the last end.

With a few ends not going Argyll’s way and some very high quality bowling from Haddington, the East Lothian side wrapped up the singles 21-12 and increased their lead in the fours.

The triple managed to see out their game to take two points for Argyll but overall it wasn’t enough and the final score was Haddington 6-2 Argyll.

‘It was not to be on the day for our team but what an achievement to get to the final,’ said a club spokesperson. ‘We had a great run from winning the area in 2019 and progressing through tough home and away ties in the Inter County competition.

‘The club would like to thank all players and supporters who represented the club at home and away, from Glencarse at home to Dalbeattie, Townholm and Abbeyview and Haddington away.

‘Our support on the day and throughout the competition was second to none and the players want to express their thanks for that.

‘The bus was kindly sponsored by McFadyens Contractors and McFadyens Transport and we would like to thank McFadyens for their continued and incredible support of the club.

‘We look forward to our next Top Ten game to kick-off this year’s area Top Ten vs Oban at home on Sunday July 24.’