Midlothian continue to be high flyers in the East section of the Hamilton Trophy having completed a hat trick of opening wins with their impressive 26 shot victory (141-115) away to previously undefeated Stirling County East at Allandale.Read More
Team manager Drew Pearson was delighted with a performance that produced wins on the rinks skipped by Danny McDougall, Ramsay Blair, Colin Macfarlane, and Colin Bonner while the defeats inflicted on David Peacock and Scott Briggs were both single digit affairs. Late call-offs saw Calum Redpath of Bonnyrigg called up for a seasonal while young rising star Paul Innes of Polton was given a first taste of parading his skills in a Hamilton Trophy arena. Innes, playing lead to Arron Clinkscales, Kevin McDougall, and Danny McDougall enjoyed a memorable magic carpet experience in the shape of converting a 13-9 deficit after 13-ends into the best win of the match, defeating Stuart Williamson, 31-16. The Fab Four capturing the match headlines with a spectacular run of 3, 2, 6, 4, 4, 1, 2 that accelerated them into an astonishing 31-13 lead.
Blair supported by skipping Redpath, Andy Buerle, and Willie Rankin to a 25-15 win over Stuart Hogg having added 3, 3, 2 to lead 24-10 while Bonner led 12-0, then trailed 22-19 before finishing 3, 1, 2 to beat C Ross, 25-22. Peacock was piped 21-20 Martin McCalley while Briggs slipped from 11-8 up to a 24-15 defeat from D Couper.
East Lothian share top of the table with Midlothian having maintained their 100percent record with a 32 shot win (144-112) over West Fife at Haddington. Mal Higgenbotham marked his return to native turf with a memorable performance; the former Edinburgh & Leith and Scotland star thundering into a 23-3 lead with a lightning run of (1), 4, (1), 4, 3, 1, 1, (1), 4, 5, 1 then skipping Callum Darling, Gordon Pryde, and Joe Mower to a 34-13 triumph over Rab McFarlane. Scott Kennedy and Alex Marshall MBE delivered support wins while setbacks suffered by John McCrorie, Brian Young, and Billy Mellors were by narrow margins of 1, 1, and 2 respectively. Kennedy zipped into leads of 15-6 and 25-10 before skipping Chris Johnston, Mark McCormack, and Gordon White to a 28-19 win while Marshall exploded into a 21-3 lead before clinching a 23-17 victory. McCrorie slipped to a 27-26 defeat from a healthy looking 24-15 up while Young peeled at 15-15 before edged out 18-17; Mellors closed from 6-16 in a 16-18 defeat.
Former Tait Trophy champion Ian Paterson has stepped out of the shadows of the Craigentinny 2nd 16s to once again parade his skills in the limelight of the 1sts with his selection at skip for tonights visit of foot of the table Postal in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League. David Brown moves from skip to third in a tweaking of the table-toppers line up that sentences Darren Smith to a place in the 2nds. Tonights other fixtures in the top flight features; Brunstane v Maitland; Parkside v Hillside; and Tanfield v Northern.