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BICC March 2017 Jim's Report
Scotland North


No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1 Grampian
6
55
29
27
22
46
179
242
2 Highland
6
40
18
25
16
33
132
83
3 Angus
6
42
11
21
12
27
113
14
4 Tay Valley
6
31
27
11
16
25
110
-24
5 East Stirlingshire
6
42
8
24
8
21
103
5
6 Fife
6
35
18
16
9
19
97
-15
7 Central
6
28
11
15
7
13
74
-117
8 Perthshire
6
15
22
5
6
8
56
-188

 

 

Scotland Report March 2017

Grampian have surged to the top of all five leagues in Scotland North with one match remaining and the battle is on now to see if any other county can wrest the titles away from them.  Grampian proving that across the board they are well ahead of the rest in Scotland North at the moment.

In Scotland South it’s a three-way split with Ayrshire leading the Accumulative Table and the Womens A, Borders leading the Mens B and Lothian top of the Mens A and Womens B.

Scotland North

Highland v Central (20-8)

Highland started well with a 4-0 victory in the Womens B with Meganne Shearer the top average on 17.58.

The Mens B also went Highland’s way and their top shot in this match was Lewis MacKenzie on 27.33.  Top for Central was James Elliott on 22.05.

Central took the two opening sets of the Womens A before Highland came back to win 4-2 with Lynn Shearer best average for the home side on 17.48 whilst Jenni Tully had the top set for Central on 18.49.

The Mens A was nip and tuck until the eighth set when Highland took all the remaining matches to win 8-4.  Highland’s best came from Alex Morrison with 27.08 and Central’s top player was Jim Russell on 26.25.

Angus v Fife (18-10)

Angus took the Womens B 3-1 to get their match off to a good start with their top average coming from Debbie Stuart with 15.90 while the sole winner from Fife was Izzy Docherty with 14.18.

The home side continued with its winning ways taking the Mens B 4-2  and a 22.61 set from Craig Johnston was their best.  However Fife’s Ian Paterson was the top set with a 25.47 average.

Fife came back strongly to win the Womens A 4-2 with a 16.52 average from Stephanie Gilmour their best.  Fiona Smith’s 17.54 set was the tops for Angus.

Completing a good day for the home side, Angus took the Mens A match 9-3 with newly appointed Scotland skipper Alan Soutar hitting a fine 32.63 average which topped all others in Scotland North.  Fife’s top performer was their most recent cap Colin Miller on 29.91.

East Stirlingshire v Grampian (6-22)

Currently unstoppable in Scotland North Grampian had a brilliant result against East Stirlingshire started by a 4-0 win in the Womens B where Caroline Shearer had a 22.77 average which topped the charts in Scotland North and equalled in all-Scotland only by Amanda Cox from Lothian.

The Mens B went 4-2 to Grampian and top shot here was Grampian’s Sean Grogan on 25.66 while Nikkie Adamson hit a 23.09 for East Stirlingshire.

Grampian’s Womens A are guaranteed a top two finish in their league depending on the last match of the season and they took out this match 5-1 with Wendy Mathers average of 18.17 a match best.  Gemma Kerr was the top set for East Stirlingshire with 16.93.

Grampian inflicted a heavy defeat on East Stirlingshire Mens A running out 9-3 winners with their top set coming from Scott Robertson with a 32.32 average.  The best set for East Stirlingshire came from Jason Norwood with 25.70 also mention should go to Grampian’s Scott Campbell with a set average of 31.81.

Grampian finished the match with an excellent 25.18 team average and the knowledge that they are Mens A league champions as their 15 point lead cannot be beaten.

Tay Valley v Perthshire (20-8)

The Womens B match went to Tay Valley 3-1 and their top set came from Moira Coughlin on 14.52 but she was just edged out by Perthshire’s top set of 14.74 from Natasha Bird.

In the Mens B match Tay Valley came out on top with a 5-1 victory their best set coming from Thomas Sangster on 20.96 while Perthshire’s winner came from Nivan Walters with a 20.54 average.

Tay Valley’s Womens A are the only side which can stop Grampian from taking the title in Scotland North but they dropped points here with a 3-3 draw, ironically the only tied match in Scotland North this month.  Top set came from Perthshire’s Michelle Cruikshanks on 18.90 with Tay Valley’s Rone Mollison just a fraction behind on 18.74.

Tay Valley took the Mens A 9-3 and the top set of the match came from another new cap this year, Ross MacDougall from Perthshire with 28.25 whilst Ross Parsons was the top player for Tay Valley on 27.70.

Scotland South

Scotland South

No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1 Ayrshire
6
44
25
22
16
36
143
128
2 Borders
6
42
19
29
14
33
137
103
3 Lothian
6
46
23
18
17
30
134
94
4 Greater Glasgow
6
45
22
22
10
31
130
119
5 Lanarkshire
6
42
17
17
11
25
112
21
6 Renfrewshire
6
26
21
15
14
22
98
-52
7 Clackmannanshire
6
35
12
16
8
12
83
-40
8 West Lothian
6
8
5
5
2
1
21
-373

Borders v Ayrshire (14-14)

This fixture was very close throughout the day and started with a 2-2 tie in the Womens B.  Susan Smith from Borders had the top set with 13.54 while the best for Ayrshire came from Carol Hume on 11.79.

Borders edged ahead with a 4-2 win in the Mens B and their Stuart Bell had the top set with a 25.05 average while Kenneth Matthews hit a 24.50 for Ayrshire.

It was all level again after the Womens A match as Ayrshire came back to win 4-2 their top set coming from Lorraine Hyde on 18.04.  Best for Borders and the top set in the match was Mary McGuiness on 18.28.

With all, to play for in the Mens A it was nip and tuck both teams eventually having to settle for a 6-6, and with the bonus points also shared it meant a 14-14 draw of the match.  Ayrshire’s Cameron Menzies hit the top set in Scotland this month with a 33.97 average while Borders’ Barry Dalgleish was their top player with a 27.22 set.

Clackmannanshire v Lothian (9-19)

Lothian began this match with a 4-0 whitewash in the Womens B with their top set coming from Laura Hobbins on 13.01.

The visitors were halted in their tracks when the Mens B ended up a 3-3 draw with a 26.61 average going to Greg Ritchie from Lothian and a 19.03 average going to Stephen Philliben from the Wee County.

Lothian then surged ahead with a 5-1 victory in the Womens A, their best set coming from Amanda Cox with 22.77, the equal best in Scotland as previously noted.  Clackmannanshire’s win came from Denise Stein with a 12.42 average.

In quite a close match Lothian edged out Clackmannanshire 7-5 in the Mens A and the top set here came from Davy Sharp from Lothian with 28.23 while John Connal hit the best set for Clackmannanshire with 27.71.

Renfrewshire v Lanarkshire (17-11)

First blood here went to Renfrewshire with a 3-1 win in the Womens B with Isabel Irvine hitting a 15.66 set for the winners.  Lanarkshire’s win came from Angela Farrell with a 13.18 set average.

The Mens B match also went to Renfrewshire this time 5-1 with Daniel Potter producing a 24.29 set for the winners.  Lanarkshire’s winning set came from Steve Scott with an average of 19.03.

Making it three matches in a row the Womens A went to Renfrewshire 4-2 and the top player here was Louise Hepburn with 19.42 while Lanarkshire’s best was Angela Farrell on 13.18.

Lanarkshire took consolation in winning the Mens A 7-5 but by then the overall match had gone to Renfrewshire.  Lanarkshire’s top Mens A player was Jim Brown on 26.37 with a tie for Renfrewshire’s best between Tam Dymond and Gary Dee, both notching 24.07.

Greater Glasgow v West Lothian (20-4)

There was no result for the Womens B match.

Greater Glasgow took the Mens B match 5-1 with Peter MacPherson hitting the top average of 22.77 and West Lothian’s win coming from Mark Weir with a 23.46 average.

The 5-1 Womens A result was identical to the previous Mens B match and Greater Glasgow’s top player was Susanna McGimpsey with a 21.47 average.  West Lothian’s win came from Karen Whyte with an 11.53 average.
It was 10-2 to Greater Glasgow in the Mens A and their top set was hit by Robert Morrison with 31.81.  West Lothian’s best game was 22.27 and went to Jamie Banks Jr.