Scotland v England Para Test Match: Day 2 Session One Results
Scotland produced another top-quality session of bowls as they got the better of England in three of the four matches taking place at the National Centre for Bowling, Ayr this morning.
For this session the physically disabled and visually impaired players joined forces to form four triples teams, and the matches were contested as the best of three sets over five ends. An exciting new format which was enjoyed by all players and directors.
Scotland’s Ross Young, Ross Noble and Glen Livingston secured the teams first victory in a hard-fought game that went down to the deciding set. The Scots claimed an early advantage by winning the opening set, but England successfully bounced back in the second. In the third set, things couldn’t have been tighter as the Scottish team hung on to win by a single shot.
Billy Allan, James Dick (with Director, Iain Riach) and Stuart Stevens were the next Scottish team to chalk up a win of their own. They managed to see off the strong English triple of Kevin Betteridge (with Director, Jayne Sippitts), Craig Bowler and Kieran Rollings in a convincing straight sets win.
The Scots third and final win of the session came from the team of Mark Fleming, Sandy Mackintosh (with Director, Lawra Cox) & Alex Paterson, who fended off the challenge of Sarah Marshall (with Director, Chris Vein), Colin Milner & Mike Robertson in straight sets. This win ensured Scotland were victorious in the third test series which now gives them a 2-1 advantage going into the final test.
Cat Black (with Director, Jim Aitken), Mary Wilson & Michael Simpson unfortunately failed to make it a clean sweep of Scottish wins as they missed out on victory by the narrowest of margins against Colin Wagstaff, Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall (with Director, Elizabeth Shipley) & Mike McDonagh. The game was nip and tuck throughout and the Scots secured a win in the first set by a single shot and England responded by taking the second set. The deciding set again went right down to the last bowl with Scottish captain, Michael Simpson, just failing to convert the head in his teams favour.
One final test series of six pairs matches will be completed this afternoon and Scotland require just a single victory to be crowned the Bob Love Cup winners for 2023. A report and scores from these games will be provided later today.
Scotland win the third test series by 6 points to England’s 2. A full breakdown of the scores can be found below.
TEST SERIES THREE SCORES:
- Physically Disabled/Visually Impaired Triples – Ross Young, Ross Noble & Glen Livingston beat Dave Wood (with Director, Nigel Morgan), Jonathan Stokes & Anthony Page 2-1 (5-3, 2-7 & 5-4)
- Physically Disabled/Visually Impaired Triples – Billy Allan, James Dick (with Director, Iain Riach) & Stuart Stevens beat Kevin Betteridge (with Director, Jayne Sippitts), Craig Bowler & Kieran Rollings 2-0 (9-4 & 7-2)
- Physically Disabled/Visually Impaired Triples – Cat Black (with Director, Jim Aitken), Mary Wilson & Michael Simpson lost to Colin Wagstaff, Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall (with Director, Elizabeth Shipley) & Mike McDonagh 1-2 (5-4, 2-5 & 2-3)
- Physically Disabled/Visually Impaired Triples – Mark Fleming, Sandy Mackintosh (with Director, Lawra Cox) & Alex Paterson beat Sarah Marshall (with Director, Chris Vein), Colin Milner & Mike Robertson 2-0 (4-2 & 4-2)
SCOTLAND 6 – ENGLAND 2