SCOTTISH OPEN 2017
BICC November 2017 Jim's ReportScotland North
Grampian v Perthshire (33-3)
Grampian strengthened their grip at the top of the Accumulative Table as they strive to retain the championship from last year and are now 25 points clear of second placed Highland.
They had a huge win over visiting side Perthshire with the Mens A winning 11-1 producing a top set win for Bruce Montgomery (27.63) for Grampian with the only winning set for Perthshire going to Ross MacDougall (26.61).
The Ladies A was 4-2 in favour of the home team and the top set came from Emily Davidson (20.43) with Sarah Christie (17.39) best for Perthshire.
The B matches were both whitewashes for Grampian, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively and the top Grampian players in each match were Graham Whyte & Mike Murray, both hitting identical averages of 22.43 and Caroline Shearer (18.56).
Highland v Angus (18-18)
This was a typical tough county match fought out in great spirit and ending all square with both ladies matches a draw and Angus winning the Mens A and Highland taking the Mens B.
A super match by Angus player Ian Jolly (30.36) saw him take player of the match in the Mens A with Stornoway’s Alex Morrison (27.13) top for Highland. This match went all the way to the final set and it was 14-year old Nathan Girvan who produced a 4-0, 27.08 set to give Angus the points. Alan Soutar also had a 29.70 match for Angus.
The Ladies A went 3-3 and yet again Olive Byamukama, fresh from her Lakeside exploits took the lady of the match award with an average of 21.47. Best for the visitors was Fiona Smith (15.15).
Highland stay top of the Mens B division, just a nose ahead of Grampian after their 4-2 win over Angus. Top Highland player was Doug Neary (23.85) and best for Angus was Craig Johnston (22.75).
The Ladies B was all square and the best average went to Lesley Dawson (19.65), which turned out to be the best in Scotland, and top for Angus was Rebecca Graham (12.92).
Tay Valley v Central (20-16)
The home side narrowly came out on top in this tussle with two wins and a draw over the four matches.
The Mens A was all square at the end with the top set being produced by Glen Parsons (27.08) for Tay Valley whilst Steve Plank (27.00) was tops for Central.
The home team took the Ladies A quite comfortably with a 5-1 scoreline and their best set came from Kelly Thomson (22.47) while Central’s winning set came from Jenni Tully (22.50).
Central took the Mens B 5-1and their best set came from Lewis Plank (24.24) which was also best in Scotland North. Kevin Clark (19.88) took the winning set for Central.
Tay Valley completed the ladies match clean sweep of bonus points with a 3-1 victory with Nikki Burnton (18.22) their top game while Lynn Morrison (13.73) took Central’s winning set.
East Stirlingshire v Fife (20-16)
Home side East Stirlingshire won this match 20-16 with both sides sharing the four matches.
Fife lost the Mens A match 8-4 which took East Stirlingshire into third place in the table just behind Grampian and Highland. Top set of the match came from East Stirlingshire’s Craig Quin with 28.63 while Jamie Clark (28.27) was best for the visitors.
Fife crushed their opponents 5-1 in the Ladies A with their top average coming from Chelsea McMahon (18.65) and East Stirlingshire’s win from Mhairi McKinlay (13.84)
The Mens B went to the home team 4-2 and their top player was Alan Kerr (21.17) while Rob Fawcett (24.64) was tops for Fife.
The Ladies B was all square at 2-2 and Fife’s Mandy Mitchell (16.12) was the best average while Irene McInnes (11.96) had the best set for East Stirlingshire
Clackmannanshire v Borders (10-26)
The visitors had a successful trip North taking all four matches, keeping them in the hunt for championship glory in the Accumulative Table.
The Mens A looked to be all one way traffic as the visitors raced to a 6-0 lead but then hosts Clackmannan staged a great fight back bringing the score-line to 6-5 but Borders hung on to take the final set and the bonus points.
Top set in the match came from Clackmannan’s Barry Mclean (27.08) and best for Borders was Chris Waddell (24.64).
Borders took the Ladies A 4-2 with a lady of the match performance from Caroline McGinn (16.71) while Charlene McCubbin (14.14) was best for the home team.
The Mens B was 4-2 to Borders and Callum Stewart (23.12) had the top average, while Stephen Philliben (24) was best for Clackmannan.
The Ladies B was 3-1 to Borders and Alison Burnett (15.42) had the top set for Borders with Margo Smith (9.11) taking a set for the home team.
Greater Glasgow v Ayrshire (20-16)
A narrow win for Greater Glasgow over table-toppers Ayrshire has allowed teams below the leaders to catch up and it all looks very close now for the title.
Both sides battled hard in the Mens A match but neither could gain advantage and 6-6 was the result. The top player for Glasgow was Robert Morrison (31.31) while best of the day in Scotland was Cameron Menzies (34.27) for Ayrshire. Glasgow player Ross Montgomery chalked up a 30.01 average.
Glasgow took the Ladies A match with a 4-2 score-line and their top player was Susanna McGimpsey with a fantastic 27.83 average, Scotland’s best on the day and one of six 20+ ladies averages in both league sections. Pam Hind (18.56) was the best set from Ayrshire.
A couple of other notable averages in this match were Lynn Cowan (20.04) and Lorraine Hyde (20.33)
The Mens B was also a draw and the best sets came from Ian Callaghan (22.43) for Glasgow and identical top sets from Ayrshire’s Robert Kerr and Aaron Douglas with 21.97.
The Ladies B ended 2-2 with Carol Hume (15.81) tops for Ayrshire and Laura Ross (11.26) best for Glasgow.
Renfrewshire v Lothian (19-17)
Lothian maintained their challenge for the title with a narrow victory over Renfrewshire but with only four points separating the top three teams it’s very tight.
Lothian took the Mens A match 8-4 with Darren Beveridge (27.74) the best for the winners and Ronnie Clarke (26.19) top set for Renfrewshire.
Renfrewshire claimed the Ladies A 4-2 and it was Louise Hepburn (21.17) who had the top set while Amanda Cox (18.63) led the way for Lothian.
It was all square in the Mens B with Steven Tees (27.33) grabbing the sixth set to ensure a share of the points for Renfrewshire in the best set of the match. Best for Lothian was Andy McCardle (23.86).
The Ladies B went to Renfrewshire, winning 3-1 and their top player was Jean Anderson (12.84) with Rena Jarvis (11.20) taking a set for Lothian.
West Lothian v Lanarkshire (4-32)
Lanarkshire had the biggest win in the South Division in a one-sided match and it has moved them up into fifth spot in the Accumulative Table.
The Mens A went to Lanarkshire 11-1and it takes them back into the reckoning for this section. Their best set came from Arran Edwards with 28.23 while the sole winner for West Lothian was Stewart Russell (21.48).
Lanarkshire took the Ladies A 4-2 with two of their players hitting identical averages of 17.48, Laura Pearson and Helen Cavin. Home team player Jean McCaw had a 15.22 set.
West Lothian had no answer in the Mens B as Lanarkshire swept to a 6-0 whitewash with the top set by Ian McCaskill (22.45).
Finally the Ladies B went to Lanarkshire 3-1 with their best effort from Jillian Shaw (11.79) while West Lothians player Mary Walker had a 10.22 average.