The Edinburgh & Leith campaign in the Cities and Counties Championship for the Hamilton Trophy has descended into nightmare proportions with the elite bowlers from the capital city suffering their fourth defeat in six when losing by 18 shots away to Stirling County EastRead More
The East section is the toughest in the land but the 2013 national champions were expected to be among the leading contenders to claim a top two qualifying place however they go into their final fixture stranded in the no mans land position of sixth of eight.
Lack lustre displays from E&L teams is uncommon down the proud history of the 11 times Scottish Champions but their 128-110 defeat at Carron and Carronshore was their second in a row following the previous weeks defeat at home to Midlothian. Wining performances were served up on the rinks skipped by James Hogg and Robert Marshall but Mal Higgenbotham, Paul Veitch, John McDermott, and team captain Paul O’Donnell all suffered the pain of defeat. As the match developed E&L were fighting against the collar at 19 of the 21 ends yet were seldom far of the pace as the picture painted by the phase analysis shows with only a two shot deficit on the first (38-40) and three on the third (39-42) sandwiched by a damaging 11 (35-46 on the second.
“Whilst we were never firing up to expectations there was a pulse racing moment on end 16 when we carded thirteen shots for the loss of to get within three shots of them but sadly we were unable to follow through on that”, reflected team manager Willie Watson. The final rink scores were; M McCauley 14 James Hogg 26; D Couper 18 Robert Marshall 21; S Thomson 25 Mal Higgenbotham 20; S Williamson 22 Paul Veitch 16; S Hogg 25 Paul O’Donnell 15; C Ross 24 John McDermott 14.
East Lothian made sure of a top two place with the section leaders making it five wins and one peel out of six with an impressive 127-112 win over menacing rivals Borders at Prestongrange allowing West Lothian to step up their challenge for second position.
WL pulverised West Fife with a spectacular 55 shot away victory (146-91) at Crossgates that saw them leapfrog Borders with a points tally of 9 to their 8. Wins on all six rinks saw WL lead from start to finish with a highlight end being the 10th where a massive count of 15-4 accelerated them into a comfort zone lead of 30 shots (72-42). Andy Dunnett led the WL charge to victory having included a full house count of eight at end 10 that inspired him to skip Ewan Shearer, Jordan Pearce, and Walter McDougall to a 32-14 win over D Junor. The other rink scores were, C Wilson 14 Grant Logan 18; P Brown 13 Stevie Fleming 20; A McIntyre 17 Ray Logan 25; JJ Watson 20 Thomas Mann 28; R McFarlane 13 Sandy McDougall 23.
Midlothian made it four wins out of six with a 120-105 win over Fife County at Polton.
Former Water of Leith League king pins Carrick Knowe have taken the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League by storm since transferring their allegiance and attempt to make it eight wins out of eight when the runaway Division 4 leaders visit third placed Dean tonight. Two other former WOL clubs clash tonight with second placed Bainfield visiting fourth placed Colinton while two WOL connections in Division Five features leaders Sighthill at home to Braid, and second placed Gorgie Mills sitting out. The Division One fixtures are, Pilrig v Parkside; Tanfield v Queensberry; Hillside v Craigentinny; Northern v Maitland.
Division Two leaders Postal entertain second placed rivals West End while Divisiom Three table-toppers Whitehouse & Grange are at home to relegation zoned Ardmillan.