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Hopeman on the charge in Morayshire Bowling league


By Jonathan Clark

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HOPEMAN are on the charge in the Morayshire Bowling League, while Bishopmill took home advantage against Hopeman A.

The coastal club enjoyed a six-shot cushion after the first session thanks to James Morrison winning 12 shots to 4.

Craig Fletcher and Jim Pirie finished 11 shots apiece, Zander Main quickly built up a 12-shot lead and continued to dominate his match for the visitors as they put a marker down with a maximum six points and jump from third to first in the first division championship.

Gordon Gallagher and Graeme Taylor put Alves in the ascendancy at home to Moray BC winning 13-8 and 23-7.

The Elgin club dug deep in the second session, Steve McKidd winning by a single shot and George Grant won a tight contest 11-8 to give the visitors a valuable two points as the home club took four points.

Burghead hosted champions Lossie BC in the coastal derby with the home club making a strong start Cameron Leggat and John Ross both recording good wins. Ryan Gordon and Davie Ross ensured a maximum six points as the Broch look to be title contenders this season.

The two bottom clubs went head-to-head Forres RBL with home advantage against Fochabers. In a closely-contested first session, Ian McArthur gave the hosts a three shot advantage.

This was reduced to two shots after the third match, Mike Brown powered to victory with the hosts claiming all six points and moved of bottom spot in the league.

In the second division leaders Lhanbryde were involved in a keen contest against Duffus, the first match finishing all square. Neil Roger won 19-6 to give the leaders a good advantage.

The visitors showed great resistance in the second session winning both games 15-8 and 13-12 to guarantee two points and end Lhanbryde’ s 100 per cent points record.

Forres Victoria earned a hard-fought victory away to Lossie BC thanks to a strong first session performances from Paul Coutts and Harry Sutherland.

Lossie did rescue two points in the second session winning both games. Fogwatt and Hopeman B each won a game in the first session, which resulted in the home club leading by 8 shots. Alan Grant looked to create a first win for Hopeman winning 20-7.

Lee Denoon powered to victory in the last match as the home club took maximum points. Birnie’s David Parry won the opening match 8-7 against Lossiemouth, with Vivien Welsh increasing the first session advantage.

Kevin Donaldson won 13-8 to reduce the advantage, only for Charles Stewart to seal victory and six points for the village club as they close the gap to four points on the leaders.


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