David Bolt’s brilliance can’t halt Scotland

Silksworth Bowler David Bolt has received a senior call up for the England team.
Silksworth Bowler David Bolt has received a senior call up for the England team.
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THERE was disappointment for Silksworth’s David Bolt as he failed to stop England losing to Scotland in the Home International Series in Edinburgh.

Playing at second bowl alongside Louis Ridout (Somerset), Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire) and skip Jamie Chestney (Norfolk), the Sunderland star finished with a win, a draw and a defeat.

It gave him the best record in the England squad, but not enough to stop hosts Scotland from clinching their 43rd series success.

In the opening game, England faced Wales, where Bolt’s rink recovered from a 10-6 deficit to record a 22-13 win.

Across the green, England were always in control as they built up a 56-46 lead at the halfway mark to eventually finish 125-89 winners.

In the other game, Scotland eased past Ireland 123-89.

The second round of games saw the England against Scotland auld enemy clash.

Following the pre-tournament announcement that Scottish legend Willie Wood was retiring from the international scene after the series, the Scottish team was determined to make sure his glittering career would end on a high.

And, sadly for Bolt, his rink went down 22-12 against former world champion Alex Marshall as Scotland ran out 111-95 victors, although a late England charge nearly came to the rescue.

The other game saw Ireland defeat Wales 120-110.

That defeat meant England needed to beat Ireland and hope Wales could spring a surprise against Scotland. However, neither happened.

England suffered a 121-113 defeat, with Bolt’s rink snatching five shots over the last two ends to sneak a 19-19 draw.

That left England in third place – a position they have occupied in three of the last four series.

In the final game, it was the fairy tale ending Scottish supporters wanted as the Scotland team defeated Wales 115-108 to ensure Wood ended his international career with a win.