Jim picks up first world ranking points

JIM Byron, seven times Cumbernauld Indoor Bowling Club champion, made his debut on the World Bowls Tour last week.

The Co-operative Funeralcare Welsh Grand Prix at Llanelli said Jim face world ranked number 6 Simon Skelton.

The event featured the world’s top 16 ranked players and 16 qualifiers from around the world. Present were previous world champions such as Paul Foster, Alex Marshall and the current world champion Andy Thomson.

Jim had to compete in the qualifying event in Carlisle where in a strong field he won six knockout matches to progress to the Grand Prix.

In his match against the number six seed Jim played very well winning the first set 9-6. Unfortunately he narrowly lost the second set and the tie went to a third set tie-break.

With the scores 1-1 in the tie-break the match went into the final end. Jim had the last bowl of the match to draw the jack which was in the ditch. Unfortunately his bowl just toppled slowly into the ditch and the match was lost.

After the match Jim said: “I had a great chance to win but it was not to be. However, I enjoyed the experience of playing in the event against professional players.”

By playing in the World Tour event Jim picked up his first world ranking points.

Congratulations go to Jim from everyone at the club for an excellent performance.

On a somewhat lower key the ladies were involved in the Glasgow and District Knockout Championships at various venues around the Glasgow area.

In the singles Linda Fleming had a very good win against her opponent from the Allander Club and in the triples A. Lloyd, J. McMillan and P. Casey won a very exciting game against opponents from Whiteinch. Unfortunately the pairs of R. McIntyre and M. Hume and the rinks of R. Graham, Nan McEwan, A. Moss and S. Wilson narrowly lost their games. Well done everyone for their efforts on behalf of the club and good luck in the semi-finals.