IT has been a busy time at Cowdenbeath Bowling Club now that the external ties have started, writes Jack High.

Cowdenbeath ladies won in the league on Wednesday against Broad Street to maintain their 100% record. They won 13-7 making it a two out of two start.

The mixed pairs of Mary McKay and Andy Johnstone beat Kirkcaldy Victoria 22-6 last week then Kinglassie on Sunday night 23-4 to progress to the quarter-finals next week.

Eric McMillan won the first round of his senior singles 21-5 but Billy Allan lost 21-12 after a good start. Both senior fours Willie McLean, Kenny Salmond, Eddie Hastie and Bobby Reekie and Daryll Stewart, Davie McKay, Robert Thomson and Lindsay Black had good first round wins.

In the Scottish Singles, Willie Wightman had a great 21-20 win against Dalgety Bay's Nigel Walker.

Eddie Hastie and Peter Graham won by a shot and Steven Hunter and Robert McFarlane won 21-9. Due to a mix up the triples did not attend, however the fours of Billy Allan, Lindsay Black, Mitch Drysdale and Andy Johnstone won 20-14 against Headwell after a slow start.

There was no league game for Cowdenbeath last week but they play Dunfermline West End this Wednesday.

In the Fife competitions Robert Thomson had a 21-7 win at Coaltown of Balgonie. In the pairs, Billy Allan and Wullie Wightman had a very good win against previous winners Dylan and Connar Robertson, from Abbeyview. Mitch Drysdale, Lindsay Black, Steven Hunter and Robert McFarlane also won against a strong Abbeyview rink.

Top 13 results against Inverkeithing were very good. Daryll Stewart and Willie Wightman both won their singles. Billy Allan and Lindsay Black and Davie Duff and Alan Moncur won their respective pairs games.

Jim Watson, Brian Miller and Eric McMillan won the triples at home but Lee Conner, Eddie Hastie, Dave McKay and Peter Graham lost by two shots at Inverkeithing. This result keeps Cowdenbeath in contention to qualify. Well done.

On Saturday morning, Emma Connor played Sarah Ewing from Abbeyview in the Scottish singles. Emma had a great win last year against Sarah in this competition but Sarah caught the weight at Thornton better than Emma and won 21-12.

Later that day Cowdenbeath visited Lenzie Bowling Club for their 51st annual friendly, for the P.E.W. Cup (2).

The original trophy was a ginger jar which was won in a raffle many years ago but that was accidentally dropped in transit back to Lenzie last year. A fitting replacement has been bought.

The hospitality was second to none and the green played very well despite a little light drizzle.

President Lindsay Black managed a draw against Lenzie President Ian McLelland; Archie Muir also read the script and played for a draw; Davie Leitch's rink lost by a few but Darren Leitch's rink won by a few more. The visiting team ALWAYS wins the trophy and takes it home till the following year. Lindsay presented Ian with a bottle of Cowdenbeath Bowling Club malt whisky titled 'In Friendship' and Lindsay received a bottle from Ian to round off a great day.

The friendly against Kinglassie this Saturday has had to be cancelled due to an administration error. This is a very good, busy fixture which is always well attended so hopefully they can manage next year.

There will be a bounce game on Saturday at 2.30pm for anybody who fancies a game. It is proposed to watch the Champions League final later on.

Eric McMillan lost 21-13 in the senior singles against Ian Morrison from Thornton in a good game.

On Monday 'Scottish' ties took place with Robert Thomson, Dave McKay, Lindsay Black and Derek Easson, who played with an injury, lost at Lumphinnans against an Abbeyview rink 12-9.

Rub of the green four or five times was the difference in the game. Best display of leading seen in years by Robert Thomson who will be very disappointed to have lost.

Archie Muir, Kenny Salmond, Eddie Hastie and Bobby Reekie had a better result at Kirkcaldy Victoria, which was very heavy. They won by ten shots against Rosyth.

In the Scottish Singles Willie Wightman lost 21-13 to Alan Stein from Bowhill at Kirkcaldy West End.

Eddie Hastie and Peter Graham were at Burntisland against Inverkeithing.

They got off to a terrible start and were 14-2 down. They clawed ther way back into the game and were 15-9 down with two ends to go.

They scored a three and Peter had a foot to draw a fourth. They were lying three good bowls with the Inverkeithing skip playing his third bowl. He ran into the head and got second shot. Peter had a shot to push the bowl through and stay or check the jack to the side but was high so they lost 15-13. A good effort.

Steven Hunter and Robert McFarlane played Dunfermline Northern at Dunfermline West End. They were 7-1 down but came onto a better game and edged it 15-14 to progress to the quarter finals next week.

Cowdenbeath have a senior rink, rink and pairs in the quarter finals on Monday next week.