Big boost for Hilden’s hopes

HILDEN 87 (6) SHORTS 79 (1)

Hilden’s promotion hopes in Private Greens Senior Three took a major boost on Tuesday night when they beat main challengers, Shorts, by eight shots and took six points.

At the fourth Raymond Gourley was 0-11 down and though lifting a three he was still 7-15 down at the tenth. Hilden came back to 16-19 at 18 ends but even a last end double could not prevent them losing by four shots.

Stephen Kirkwood was 14-6 ahead at the ninth, but four ends later the lead was cut to 14-11. Hilden were 18-13 up at 17 ends but dropped a four. They added one, two and by three shots.

Jonathan McMullan was 2-11 down at the eighth but Hilden went on over 15 ends to lead 17-15. At 19 ends Hilden led 20-16 but dropped a four before getting the winning single at the last end.

Maurice Kirkwood went into a 15-9 lead at the ninth. Hilden added three, one, two, four, four, one to lead 27-9 at 16 ends. They secured a win by eight shots.