Craigentinny have captured the Blue Ribbon Division 1 title of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League for a record extending ninth time, the defending champions finishing a commanding 11 points clear of second placed rivals Parkside.Read More
The final round of fixtures played this week saw Craigentinny suffer a 5-4 defeat away to Parkside but the stakes werent high going into the 14th match of the campaign as the finishing places of first and second were already secured. This is the fifth time we have achieved the League and Cup double making 2017 yet another special year in our history as a member club of the EBL, said president Stuart Betts who continued
The EBL is going from strength to strength with the welcome addition of Water of Leith clubs making all competitions much stiffer and as a club that is hungry for success we will not be resting on our laurels so relish the challenges that lie ahead of us.
Also in terms of achievement the 1st Sixteen at Brunstane can be rightly chuffed at finishing in fourth place having been promoted as runners up in Division 2 and having their first white heat experience of parading their skills in the top flight. Postal came up as Division 2 champions and made the great impact of registering an average of 5 points over an exciting 8 match run in; but were doomed to suffering relegation blues by the meagre average of 1.3 over their first five. This weeks 5-4 win away to Hillside saw them leapfrog their relegated companions; but left them 5½ points adrift of a third from bottom Tanfield. Division 1 finishing order; Craigentinny 88; Parkside 77; Maitland 69½; Brunstane 61; Northern 59; Tanfield 53½; Postal 48; Hillside 48.
Queensberry were the dominant force in Division 2 and having captured the title honours by a runaway margin of 14 points make an immediate return to the top flight and are joined by Summerside. Pilrig title giants of Division 1 in 1998 and 2008 have struggled for some time to be a force to be reckoned with and its a celebration occasion for them that they have managed to avoid the drop to Division 3. Queensberry 85; Summerside 71; Willowbrae 67; West End 63½; Wardie 62½; Pilrig 59; Mayfield 51½; Leith 44½.
Carrick Knowe rival Craigentinny for the No1 spot in capital city bowling circles and having been dealt the potential demoralising hand of starting off life in the EBL as a Division 5 they have shown respect dignity and character in reaching next seasons Division 2. The former giants of the Water of Leith League romped away with the Division 3 title winning 13 of their 14 games and finishing a massive 27½ points ahead of second placed Colinton a fellow migrant from the WOL. Carrick Knowe 109; Colinton 81½; Corstorphine 73½; Goldenacre 64½; Dudley 63; Whitehouse & Grange 47; Seafield 33½; Blackhall 32.
Ex WOL clubs dominated the promotion race in Division 4 with Sighthill finishing all square on points with Bainfield but clinching top spot with a slim 9 shot advantage. Bainfield had a big chance to land the killer punch but let the title slip out of their grasp with a not good enough 5-4 win at home to Dean. Gorgie Mills had to settle for third place. Sighthill 88½ (239); Bainfield 88½ (230); Gorgie Mills 80; Dean 64; Merchiston 63; LR Foundry 50; Liberton 41; Ardmillan 29.