Young bowler is Scottish Champion

Jason Banks pictured with the Curtis, Sloan & Hewett Cup. '(Picture submitted)
Jason Banks pictured with the Curtis, Sloan & Hewett Cup. '(Picture submitted)

INVERURIE Bowling Club’s Jason Banks (15) won the Scottish Young Bowlers Association National under 17 Singles Championship recently which were held on Tuesday (July 26).

There were 24 competitors from all over Scotland in each of the Singles, Pairs and Triples disciplines, each having won their district qualifiers in order to compete at the National Finals.

Jason won his section, which included players from Ayrshire South, Greater Glasgow, Angus and Dundee and Central East districts, before beating Stuart Fleming of Orbiston BC 14-5 in the semi-finals.

In the final he played against Declan Farrow from Sanquhar BC in Dumfries & Stewartry and triumphed 11 – 6 a great achievement for the local young bowler.

Jason was presented with the Curtis, Sloan & Hewett Cup, which he keeps for a year.

Jason wasn’t the only local bowler who played at the SYBA National Finals though. Andrew Reilly (Westhill) and Jamie Hoper (Insch) competed in the National Pairs. They won two games, drew one and lost two and gave a great account of themselves against some very tough opposition.

Also down to Ayr to play in the National Triples competition were Martyn Thomson (Inverurie), Cameron Taylor (Insch) and Carla Banks (Inverurie). They won three games and lost two and came runners up in their section, just missing out on reaching the Semi-Final - which is a great achievement against some of the best young players in Scotland.

It was a great experience for all the young bowlers and one which their families and supporters also enjoyed.