Cummings Cup showdown was well worth the wait
Thurso Bowling Club had a busy weekend which saw the open mixed pairs and both gents' and ladies' Top Ten being contested.
First up on Saturday was the Cummings Cup open mixed pairs with 27 teams taking part. This saw some very close games over the day and the semi-finals and final were no exception.
Cath Irons and Douglas Morrison were pushed all the way by Liz Rhodes and Allan Hourston before scoring two shots on the last end to win by 17-15.
In the second semi Alan Morrison and Marina Bain held a two-shot lead over Sandra Grant and Jamie Durrand, from the St Fergus club in Wick, going into the last end and managed to secure the win when they collected a three to prevail 15-10.
The final was worth the wait for the spectators who stayed to watch as it produced one of the best finals seen this year. After early exchanges of five shots the game was tied at seven-all after five ends and from there on in there was never more than one shot in it. After the 15 scheduled ends the game was level at 13 apiece.
After a pulsating extra end, Cath and Douglas emerged the champions when they secured a solitary shot to win 14-13.
On Sunday it was the turn of the Top Ten teams to travel south face their opposition. The men suffered a six points to two defeat at the hands of a very strong Inverness side with the triples of Ryan Watt, Peter Knapp and Scott Christie recording the only win.
The ladies fared better when they travelled to Golspie to take on the Northern Counties team. The ladies play over two matches with the aggregate score deciding the winner. After the first game the score was level on four points each with Thurso holding a 12-shot advantage going into the second match.
Thurso slightly changed the team for the second game and it paid dividends as they took control of the contest and ran out victors by 10 points to six. Lorna Cormack (singles), Liz Rhodes and Marina Bain (pairs) and Linda Morrison, Janet Sinclair, Joan Bridge and Lynne Swanson along with Joan Elder, who was a substitute for the second game, all won one and lost one.
The triple of Julie Knapp, Cath Irons and Chelsea Bain picked up full points after winning both ties. The team now travel south on August 10 to face Moray in the quarter-finals.
This weekend will see the Henderson’s Opticians 2-4-2 pairs take place on Saturday and the draw will be posted in the clubhouse.
On Sunday Thurso host the County Pairs finals with play starting at 9am.