Buckie Carlton Bingo club last night hosted the keenly anticipated top-of-the-table clash between the home side Buckie Carlton versus second in the table Elgin Carlton bingo club. The grudge match is the penultimate game before the winter break during which The Moray’ Pilgrims’ select team will make their appearance at the Brighthouse sponsored British Bingo Championships, at Northampton’s giant Mecca Bingo hall. The two Moray giants have taken the league by storm this year with their closest challengers Portgordon WRVS Coffee Morning club and The Fogwatt Hall Fundraisers trailing by 6 and 7 points respectively. Buckie took an early lead calling three Houses with home favourite Pam Dabiedozie calling 2 but blotted her book with a bogie. Senga Sawng called the other House before Elgin’s Wilma Kuponvin struck a double House just before the break. Dobber trouble saw Dabiedozie substituted early doors in the second half with inexperienced newcomer Honor Topp looking a little out of sorts as her replacement . Star dabber Senga Sawng sprung a surprise by running 3 books of 6 and was rewarded with a quick double house leaving the home side with an almost unassailable 5-2 lead. Money talks in the modern game and the Elgin club ran a full team of double books claiming three houses in under 5 minutes, Buckie’s Honor Topp showing her inexperience with a show of petulance , being sent off for a horror double bogie call in the last game of the evening, breaking a marker pen in the process -probably throwing away any chance of a late call up to the Moray Pilgrims as Pilgrims manager Sandie Bags was watching from the bar. The game finished 5-5 but with Buckie’s double bogie compared to Elgin’s solitary misdemeanour , the away team collected all 3 points on the Bogie-Buster rule. Highlights of the rest of the evening programme saw Ada Turn score a double House trick for Fogwatt Fundraisers, Sandie Bags.. take note…

Buckie Carlton 5 Elgin Carlton 5 (Away win Bogie count)
Fogwatt Fundraisers 7 Cullen Boolin’ Club Homebakers 3
Lhanbryde W/O Findhorn No Show.
Garmouth Grannies 4 Dallas Dollies 7
Rothes Rhinos 5 Aberlour Shortie Quines 5 (2 bogies each, 1 point each)

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