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Win at Pitmedden sees a quarter final place for Aberdeen & Kincardine bowlers

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A great bowls win for A & K against Angus "now for Edinburgh on Saturday" writes Mike Barron.

This Saturday, June 25 many bowlers from Aberdeen & Kincardine Association will be en-route to St Andrews to see their team play Edinburgh in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup following victory over Angus 126-98 at Pitmedden at the weekend.

The score would suggest an easy win but only three of six rinks won, with the returning Jason Banks (Inverurie) having the biggest win 23-10.

He had in his rink John Simpson (Laurencekirk), Geoff Allan (Pitmedden), and Marshall Presley (Tarves).

Allan on his home rink had a good spell, leaving Jason to add to the score at the head time after time.

Colin Banks
Colin Banks

Another winning rink was that of Colin Banks (Inverurie) 25-10, and with the match difference 28, the father and son’s rinks had scored plus 28

shots…the match difference!

Andy Duncan (Tarves), the third successful skip, has had a good season, again winning this time by 26-15.

Steven Fraser (Pitmedden), with Mike Mennie (Pitmedden) at third, on their home green, fared less well against the wily Angus skip, David Garvie, going down 15-21.

James Harper (Rothienorman) with Ian Ligertwood (Methlick),Gary McDonald (Inverurie), and Alan Rough (Harlaw) had a tough match with the score being up, then down, in mid match finally going down 16-20.

Mark Campbell (Rothienorman), with two Harlaw players, Ian Jaffray and Fergus Muat, was a nail biter throughout.

There was some fine drawing, and lucky “wicks” for both sides.

The last end saw Angus skip, Mike Baillie scrape a final shot to win 22-21

Their opposition in the quarter final, Edinburgh, are favourites, and they can feature at least five present, and past internationalists with two of their

skips Richard Tough of Carrick Knowe Club and Paul Veitch of Parkside turning in some fine steady winning results in recent weeks.

Edinburgh until the weekend had a faultless set of wins until they came against Midlothian who beat them by four shots i.e. 116-112.

They finished having played seven matches scoring 12 points, and plus 165 shots.

Being so far ahead on shots and two points ahead they had a winning margin without playing their last match.

The win by Borders in their last game meant a lot to them as they finished on the same12 points which gave them the runner up position, and also a place in the quarter finals.

Borders only defeat was to Edinburgh, in a most exciting match which went to the last end.

The match finished 115-118 and, go forward to the knockout stages as runner up in the East League.

It will be an early start on Saturday for the A & K team to travel to St Andrews, and they can but hope for a win.

The Treasurer of the A & K Association will be questioning the cost, estimated at £3000 for a coach, and an overnight stay at Ayr the day before the semi-final.

This match starts at 10am at Ayr the following Saturday.

The final is at 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

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