BICC Febuary 2017 Jim's Report
Grampian v Highland (28-8)
This top of the table clash lived up to its billing with leaders and defending champions Grampian comprehensively defeating visitors Highland at Inverurie with the biggest winning margin in Scotland North.
The Ladies B went 3-1 to the home team with their top average coming from Caroline Shearer (17.86) whilst Highland’s sole victory came from Marian Ogg (17.58).
The Mens B saw Grampian winning 5-1 to leapfrog the Highland side at the top of the B League table and lead by two points over East Stirlingshire with Highland a point further back in third.
Sean Grogan (25.91) was tops for Grampian with Lewis MacKenzie (22.69) Highland’s best.
The Ladies A match was very close and ended up all square at three sets all. Best set of the match came from Highland’s Olive Byumakama (21.21) with Emily Davidson (19.55) the best for the home side.
Grampian crushed Highland 10-2 in the Mens A, maintaining their 100% record and sit well ahead of the rest at the top of the A League table.
Grampian’s top set came from Bruce Montgomery (29.00) whilst Alex Morrison (26.62) was the beet for Highland.
Central v Angus (13-23)
Angus took three of the day’s matches but lost out in the Ladies A and are now fourth in the Accumulative Table.
The Ladies B was a 4-0 whitewash for the visitors with their best game coming from Mo Patterson (14.52).
Their 4-2 win in the Mens B places them fourth in the table and their top set came from Brandon Nicoll (23.20) while Connor Letford (22.80) was the best for Central.
Central raced to a 4-2 victory in the Ladies A with the top set coming from Michelle Russell (17.08) with Angus player Tracey Duke (14.00) their best.
The Mens A match looked to be close with Angus edging out their opponents 7-5 for their second successive month.
Top set for Angus came from their newly appointed Scotland International team captain Alan Soutar with 29.94 which was eventually declared as the best in both Scotland North and South. Central’s Danny Morrison (25.69) was their best effort.
Fife v Tay Valley (19-17)
The overall score reflects how close this match was with both counties winning a match and drawing the other two.
The Ladies B was the first of the tied matches with Toni McLaren (11.59) and Moira Coughlin (15.18) the best for Fife and Tay Valley respectively.
The next match on was the Mens B and this also went to a draw with the top set for Fife going to Ian Paterson (23.66) and Tay Valley to Owen O’Neill (21.33).
Tay Valley took the Ladies A match 4-2 and now share top spot with Grampian in the table, separated by only two legs. The best set in the match went to Tay Valley’s Kate Smith (21.17) with Fife’s top player Stephanie Gilmour (17.69).
Fife took the Mens A match 8-4 and are tucked in, in fifth place, behind Highland in the table, just two points adrift.
Colin Hepplewhite (25.69) was the best average for the winners with Ross Parsons (25.51) just behind for Tay Valley.
Perthshire v East Stirlingshire (12-24)
This match was quite a mixture of results with both sides winning two matches each including a whitewash for both teams.
East Stirlingshire took the Ladies B 3-1 with their top player being Irene McInnes (14.31) while Perthshire’s sole winner was Ashley Paddock (15.18).
The Mens B went 6-0 to East Stirlingshire and they move up to second spot in the B Table just behind Grampian and ahead of Highland who dropped to third. Billy Martin (24.64) had the top set for the winners.
Perthshire returned the compliment by winning 6-0 in the Ladies A which included the top set in Scotland from Michelle Cruikshanks (23.48). This result propelled Perthshire into third place in the Ladies A table but they are eight points adrift of Grampian and Tay Valley.
East Stirlingshire took the Mens A quite convincingly 9-3 and they have now moved into second spot in the Mens A table just behind Grampian. Their best for the day came from Dayle Morgan (27.31) while Perthshire replied with Ross MacDougall (25.80).
Ayrshire v Renfrewshire (23-13)
Ayrshire maintained their advantage at the top of the Accumulative Table with two wins and two draws at home to Renfrewshire.
The Ladies B went to 2-2 in sets with the best match coming from Renfrewshire’s Jean Anderson (16.52) just ahead of Jessie Haggarty (16.16) for Ayrshire.
Home side Ayrshire took the Mens B 4-2 to stay second in the table, seven points behind Borders. Mark Steven (22.43) was tops for the winners with Daniel Potter (24.16) the best for Renfrewshire.
It was all square in the Ladies A leaving Ayrshire just four points ahead of Renfrewshire at the top of the table with Borders a further point behind in third.
The best set came from Lorraine Hyde (17.38) for Ayrshire and Lynsey McDonald (15.66) for Renfrewshire.
Ayrshire defeated Renfrewshire 8-4 in the Mens A and now go top equal in the table with Lothian, both sides on 47 points, just five ahead of both Borders and Greater Glasgow.
The top set was taken by Renfrewshire’s Eddie McCairn (29.91) whilst Ayrshire produced two top sets with both Cameron Menzies and Steve McCluskey averaging 29.04.
Lanarkshire v Greater Glasgow (18-18)
The Lanarkshire v Greater Glasgow match gave us the only overall tied result in both Scotland sections and resulted in two wins to Lanarkshire a drawn match and a win to Greater Glasgow.
Lanarkshire took the Ladies B 3-1 with Jackie Mills (12.22) the top set and Laura Ross (9.11) Greater Glasgow’s sole winner.
Greater Glasgow struck back with a 5-1 victory in the Mens B, their top set coming from Ian Callaghan (25.91) with the only winner from Lanarkshire Alan Jamieson (24.02).
A 4-2 win in the Ladies A pulled Lanarkshire back level with the top set coming from Helen Cavin (16.32) whilst both Greater Glasgow’s winners, Margaret Ferguson and Susanna McGimpsey, produced 17.89 averages.
The Mens A was a hard fought battle with both teams settling for a share of the points. Top set for Lanarkshire was William Kirkwood (28.01) with Robert Morrison (27.08) the best for Greater Glasgow.
Lothian v Borders (14-22)
Lothian were victorious in the Mens A but lost all three of the other matches.
Borders opened up with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B resulting in the top set from Borders’ Susan Smith (15.30) ahead of Lothian player Laura Hobbins (12.82).
Borders continued their fine start with a 4-2 win in the Mens B and the top set here went to Keith Hood (24.64) from the winners and Chris Milligan (21.01) from Lothian.
The Ladies A went 4-2 to Borders with Irene Hogarth (17.91) their top player and Amanda Cox (18.04) the best for Lothian.
Lothian ended the day with a close 7-5 win over Borders in the Mens A, taking them to top equal first in the table.
The best set of the match went to Ryan Hogarth (28.23) from Borders with Davy Sharp (26.89) the best for Lothian.
West Lothian v Clackmannanshire (8-28)
Clackmannanshire almost took the clean sweep with three wins and a draw but both teams remain firmly anchored at the foot of the Accumulative Table.
The visitors took the Ladies B match 3-1 with their top player being Margo Smith (10.22) whilst West Lothian’s only win came from Mary Walker (6.20).
The Mens B was tied all square at 3-3 with Clackmannan’s Norrie Wainwright (20.59) the best set while Frank Brown (19.13) led the way for West Lothian.
Clackmannanshire had a convincing 5-1 victory in the Ladies A and their top set came from Jemma Allan (14.88) with Kirsty McCaw (10.81) the winner for West Lothian.
Clackmannanshire ended the day in style with a 10-2 victory in the Mens A. Top set went to Kris Glass (28.63) with David Aitken (23.91) the best for West Lothian.