One swallow doesn’t make a summer; but the Craigentinny camp will hope that this weeks colossal 9-0 win over Queensberry is the launch pad that inspires them towards a record extending eighth title triumph in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League.Read More
It has taken until fixture number six for the Rolls Royce giants of the EBL to fire on all four cylinders and the reward has been rich with the league table showing Craigentinny accelerating into the leaders position from third place. Helped it has to be said by the 6-3 setback suffered by Parkside at Maitland that has left the defending champions sharing second place with their victors, both just a narrow ˝ point adrift of Craigentinny.
Queensberry were creditable runners up to Parkside in the 2015 campaign so even with home advantage the clean sweep achieved by Craigentinny is a tremendous shot in the arm to a club that last reigned supreme in 2014. “This result is just what the doctor ordered to stimulate our recovery from a lean (ish) spell but there are no soft touches in Division 1 and it was dramatic last end counts that tipped the scales on two of our four winning rinks” said spokesman Stuart Betts. Andy Jeffrey skipped Craig McCall, Stuart Betts, and Gordon Bold into an 11-3 lead over Andy Clyne, Brian Larkin, Jordon Davidson, and Frank O’Reilly; but the comfort zone was transformed into a danger one by a visitors fight back to cross 13-12. The tension filled climax saw Jeffrey card a magic last end double to snatch a 14-13 victory. Meanwhile the home rink of Kevin Hunter, Gary Nisbet, Willie McDonald, and Daniel Gormley also faced testing pressure at 14-13 up entering the last, and also answered the question by finishing on a double to beat Chris Conway, Jim McDougall, Gavin Ramsay, and Brian Pollard. Scott Rogers looked to in heeps of trouble at 9-2 down to Ryan Lynch, David Wright, Alan Watson, and Scott Walker; but included two mighty counts of five in a fight back that saw him skip Darren Smith, Lewis Betts, and Kevin McFarlane to an 18-12 win. Andy Caldwell was the only high-flyer, rocketing into a 17-0 lead en route to skipping Josh Spalding, Ian Paterson, and David Brown to a 20-13 win over Paul Manson, Paul Dickson, Mick Imrie Jnr, and John Kidd. It seems a case of rough justice that Queensberry tumbled from fourth place to seventh in the table of eight.
The chief highlight of Maitland’s commendable win over Parkside was Brian Higgins 3, 1, 1, finish to skip Peter Morris, Steven Ritchie, and Alan Sharp to a 21-19 win over Paul Veitch. The other rink scores were, Graeme McIntosh 18 Robert Donaldson 17; Gordon Clark 14 Kevin Boyd 12; Alan Trotter 15 Neil Watson 21. Other Results: Tanfield 6˝ Hillside 2˝; Pilrig 4 Northern 5.