Match Secretary’s Report – 02.06.19

In the Wemyss & District Leagues this week, the first game was on Wednesday afternoon in the Seniors’ League against Methilhill B.C. In the home game, R.Marchbank, J.Duff, P.McTavish and J.Dewar(skip) led 7-0 , then 10-4 after 9 ends played, before being pegged back to lead 10-9. However, they won the last 4 ends to record a fine 16-9 victory. In the away game, D.Baldie, J.Hay, B.Bell and T.Young(skip) led 8-7 after 8 ends played, but lost the next 3 ends, including a count of 7 shots to trail 8-18. They won the last 4 ends, but could not close the gap and ended up losing the game 13-18. The overall result was a 2-2 draw. On Friday, the Division 1 game was a visit to Methilhill B.C., which is always a difficult venue to pick up points and Methilhill were top of the table, leading Markinch by 5 points On rink 1, there was a team change, with C.Falconer and J.Davies both unavailable and the team sheet read B.Drysdale, P.McTavish, Jim Clark and T.Young (skip). This rink were in devastating form, with G.Bone (skip) unable to stem the flood of shots, as Markinch had the game won after only 8 ends played, leading 19-0. In total, they lost only 4 of the 17 ends and posted a 28-5 victory and a guaranteed 4 points on the board. The question being asked did we change this rink next week when others may be available. On rink 2, M.Comrie, K.Bunting, Jamie Cameron and D.Comrie (skip) were in a closer game, only trailing 7-9 after 9 ends played. Unfortunately, they lost the next 4 ends to trail 7-16 and eventually had to admit defeat, losing 10-18. On rink 5, M.Dewar, S.McFarlane, T.Pettigrew and R.Crawford (skip) were holding their own in a low scoring game, with the game level 6-6 after 11 ends. They then took a 10-6 lead, before playing the last end trailing 10-11, but dropped 3 shots on the last end to lose their game 10-14. The overall result was a 4-4 draw, which keeps Markinch in a challenging position for the Division 1 title. On Saturday there was a visit to Strathmiglo for the annual friendly fixture, which was played in excellent bowling weather. The overall score was a 68-56 win for the hosts, although there were queries on a couple of the scorecards. The individual score was a win for Jim Cameron (20-13), defeats for P.McTavish (6-19) and J.Duff (12-18), with a draw for T.Young (18-18). The Gents Fife South West Area has reached the final stages and in the semifinals on Thursday evening at St.Clair B.C., D.Baldie, B.Marchbank, B.Bell and P.McTavish reached the final with a comfortable 18-4 win against Broad Street. The final is played at Headwell on Thursday with a place in the Fife Finals in July at Windygates.B.C. up for grabs. On Saturday, at Buckhaven B.C., the SWBA District 7 has reached the semi-final stage and there was lots of interest for Markinch in most of the competitions.In the Fours, F.Cameron, B.Whyte, D.Pettigrew and S.Watson (skip) were always in control of their game and had a comfortable 23-7 victory over Guardbridge B.C. In the Pairs, S.Young and C.Sword (skip) were also playing well against Cupar B.C. and eventually booked their place in next week’s final with a 17-15 win. In the Triples game, J.Westwater, A.Young and R.Bunting (skip) were involved in a close fought game against Newburgh B.C. but in the latter stages of the game, it was the Newburgh Triple who forged ahead to win by 16-9.

On Sunday, at Buckhaven B.C., it was the Markinch Seniors Fours rink of A.Young, C.Campbell, J.Westwater and S.Watson who were attempting to reach the District final. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they lost their game 19-6 against Ladybank B.C.  On Wednesday the final game in the Dist 7 SWBA competition is the Senior Singles and hopefully, S.Young will be the winner to claim her place in the District 7 finals. The District 7 SWBA Finals are being held at Strathmiglo B.C. next Saturday (6th June). Hopefully, members will come along and support our their quest to qualify for the Scottish Championships at Ayr. There is a prize bingo and cabaret at Markinch Club on Friday evening and tickets are on sale at £3 . Members are urged to lend their support.