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Five titles decided in tense Thurso club finals

By SPP Reporter

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Penny Hunter overcame Chelsea Bain in the beginners' cup contest.
Penny Hunter overcame Chelsea Bain in the beginners' cup contest.

PENNY Hunter faced Chelsea Bain in a battle for the ladies’ beginners’ cup when Thurso Bowling Club hosted its finals evening.

After a close start, Penny slowly pulled away to win 21-12. But both players showed that although they are relatively new to the game they will be featuring in more finals in the future.

Five finals were to be decided and Ross Cowan was trying to make it third time lucky in singles, squaring up to Peter Dymond jnr – his conqueror in the junior singles final– in the Matt Avery final.

Peter got off to the better start and was 11-1 up after seven ends. Try as he might Ross could not close the gap and Peter came out on top 21-9.

The President’s Trophy was fought out between Ronnie Bain snr and Roddy Farmer. After 15 ends the score was tied at 11-all but Ronnie pushed on and closed out the match 21-11.

The ladies’ triples was the closest game of the night with Marie MacKay, Joan Bridge and Nancy MacAdie taking a one-shot lead into the last end against Marjory McDermid, Jillian Tewnion and Lorna McDermid.

With one bowl to play it looked like Lorna and co were taking the game to an extra end but Nancy produced an excellent bowl to turn Lorna’s shot bowl out to get a three and lift the title.

The last final to be decided was the mixed pairs, in which Isobel and John Harris played Hugh and Cath Irons. Isobel and John were quick out of the blocks and had built up an eight-shot lead by the 10th end. Hugh and Cath battled on but found Isobel and John too good on the night and the later retained their mixed pairs trophy by 18 shots to eight.

This week sees the pairs league competition be played, starting on Thursday night with the final on Friday evening.

Saturday and Sunday will see some of the best junior bowlers in Scotland descend on the Thurso green when the North of Scotland Junior Masters takes place.

Saturday’s leagues will decide who goes through to Sunday’s knockout stages. This tournament always produces some fine bowling and is well worth going along to watch.

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