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Garioch's Colin and Jason Banks compete at International Bowls tournament


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Garioch's Colin Banks reached the quarter-final of the new International Bowls tournament at Stanley Indoor Bowls Club in County Durham, writes Mike Barron.

He was beaten by James Chestney, after defeating Mark Royal, who are both seasoned English internationalists 9-2 and 11-7.

He was in great form against Royal being six shots up at the fourth end. It was different in the second set, coming back from 3-6 down. He then drew well to win two, then three shots, and went on to take the set 11-7, restricting Royal to but one shot. He only lost two of eight ends.

Against Chestney, another world top 16 ranked player, he never got going, and was well beaten 1-10 and 2-7.

He was disappointed at his game, but he had had five long matches, and did remarkably well over the five days.

Colin had to compete in one of 11 groups to qualify. There were 121 players fighting for entry to the main event, and he won his section having a bye in round 1; defeating Gareth Heard 8-2, 9-3; Amar Nachi 5-6, 8-3, and at extra ends 2-0; and finally Evans of Wales in the qualifier final 9-0 and 8-2. A great performance to reach the main event.

Colin had previously played in the TV World Championship, and was very comfortable playing against international players. It is still a surprise that SIBA have not so far awarded a Scottish cap to Colin.

Colin and Jason Banks.
Colin and Jason Banks.

Son Jason had to qualify through a group. He had a great first match against Trevor Taylor, but had to struggle through a two end shoot out tie break. He won set one 10-1, but let slip a lead to finish down 5-6 after seven ends.

The second match was better in that Jason was always in control against the Englishman Horsfield winning 8-2 and 8-3.

The final match before reaching the televised matches was against Falkirk’s Martin McCalley, when he won well 8-4 and 6-1 in a low scoring second set.

Then came his match against the world ranking Englishman, Jason Greenslade. The first set Jason never settled, losing four, two, three and three shots to finally lose 2-14.

The second was entirely different in that Jason got his drawing going, never letting Greenslade catch him and won 9-8.

The shoot out had Jason win end one, Greenslade two and with his last bowl Jason lost out in the final end.

Carla Banks and James McDougall from Garioch were in different qualifying groups but both went out in a tie break and failed to qualify for the TV matches.


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