Feb 17 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AUCHINLECK’S Les Fowler will bid to turn back the clock when he lines up in the semi-finals of the SIBA senior singles at Dundee on Saturday.
Les, 63, won the indoor and outdoornational triples but his last triumph was 27 years ago.
Now the former Ayr Bowling Week pairs finalist and twice singles runner-up, is hoping to beat his Whiteinch opponent and stake a place in Sunday’s final.
Auchinleck beat Newton Stewart 69-58 in the Senior Knockout Cup at Blantyre.
The ladies lost 8-3 to Ardrossan at Irvine in the Ayrshire Fours League. Scores: B. Mackin 13, J. McCall 12; J. Sykes 12, J. Dougal 17; M. Sunter 11, W. Grant 25.
The gents beat Headwell 98-62 at Bainfield in the Scottish Knockout Cup. Scores: D. McClue 30, J. Martin 18; G. Johnstone 24, W. Ferguson 16; S. Rankin 24, D. Watson 15; W. McKenzie 20, J. Roxburgh 13.
The gents now face Turriff at Stirling in the next round on February 25.
The seniors lost 6-2 to Prestwick in the Ayrshire Senior Fours League at Irvine and had only one winning rink.
On Sunday, the club hosted the Ayrshire Indoor Bowling Association adult and child tournament with four pairs from Auchinleck, Ardrossan and Prestwick in a round robin event.
Maurice and Adam Sturgeon lost in the semi final to Jordan Slaven and Paul Boyd (Prestwick). Ally and Steven Guthrie of Auchinleck beat David and William McKnight (Ardrossan) in the other semi. In the final, Paul and Jordan beat Ally and Steven.
Auchinleck beat Blantyre 6-2 in the SIBA Team Championship at West of Scotland and now play Galleon at Ayr on February 26 in the quarter-final.
Garry Johnstone beat Scottish singles champion Ian McLean 21-8, Billy Anderson and Elaine McKenzie won the pairs 20-16 James Gibson's triples lost 19-7 while Francis Leitch skipped his fours to a 31-17 win.
On Saturday, the ladies play Ardrossan at East Kilbride in the Scottish Knockout Cup from 2-6pm. Rink 1: Vance, M. Lindsay, M. Sunter, C. Johnston; Rink 2: E. McKenzie, B. Hall, M. Shimmons, J. Sykes; Rink 3: E. Reid, M. Cathie. I. McKnight, J. Williamson; Rink 4: L. Hume, R. Bernard, E. Magorian, H. Kay.
On Sunday, the Ayrshire Championship playdowns will be held in three venues. Prelim matches are from 9.30am to 1pm with the next round from 1-4pm.
Auchinleck will host the ladies singles, gents pairs and gents triples. Ardrossan will host junior singles, ladies triples and gents fours. Prestwick will host gents singles, ladies pairs and ladies fours.
Auchinleck's representatives are: ladies singles: Josephine Williamson; gents singles: Billy Anderson; ladies pairs: M. Sunter & H. Kay; gents pairs: St. Robertson & S. McNeillie.
Ladies triples: M. Shimmons, M.Bingham & L. Hume; gents triples: S. Watson, S. Rankin & D. McClue; gents fours: G. Johnstone, T. Bohan, J. Gibson, J. Burns; under 25 singles: C McClue; ladies fours: I. McKnight, J. Vance, M. Lindsay, A. Haggarty.