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Burghead bowlers complete treble success in Morayshire Indoor Bowling Association season

By Ronald Gordon

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Burghead completed a remarkable Treble in the Alexander Wallace (Toyota) bowling season.

The treble-winning Burghead indoor bowling squad. Picture: Pete Bloomfield
The treble-winning Burghead indoor bowling squad. Picture: Pete Bloomfield

The first division championship went to the last game of the season with Burghead holding a three-point advantage over reigning champions, Lossie Bowling Club.

Lossie lost out to Fochabers in their final match as Burghead claimed their first championship since 1986 and a fifth championship in total.

Burghead won 10 of their 14 matches winning all seven home games and three on the road accumulating 55 points to win the title by three points.

Burghead defeated Moray BC in the Charity Cup final to become only the fifth club to complete the league and cup double in the same season joining New Elgin, Bishopmill, Urquhart, Bishopmill and more recently Alves.

In the prestigious Association Singles final, Burghead reached the final against Forres Royal British Legion, hosted by Forres Victoria at Dunphail Hall.

Forres represented by Neil Mathers started the stronger to lead eight shots to five after seven ends, Cameron Leggat counted four shots on the ninth end to take the lead for the first time.

All square at 11 each after eleven ends, Leggat scored three shots on the 13th end and despite dropping a shot at the next end, scored doubles on the next three ends to move within one shot of victory.

Cameron Leggat was the singles champion. Picture: Pete Bloomfield
Cameron Leggat was the singles champion. Picture: Pete Bloomfield

The Burghead bowler clinched the title at the next end to become the youngest-ever winner since the trophy was first presented to the association back in 1958.

This concluded a fantastic season for the coastal team who have produced some great players since the club was formed shortly after the war.

Burghead dedicated this year’s success to long-time member and secretary Brian Davidson.

Neil Mathers gained some consolation when he led his team of Alan Paull and son Findlay to the Association Triples title defeating Hopeman in the final.

Alves won their first ever Pairs championship, Mark Taylor and skip Graeme Taylor securing victory over Fochabers.

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