Two of the brightest young talents on the capital-bowling scene – Daniel Gormley of Craigentinny and Kerr McKail of Summerside – brought extra sparkle to the Finals of the Edinburgh Bowling League Knockout Championships played at Queensberry and sponsored by Buyrite Bathrooms.Read More
Their clash in the Under 25s Junior Singles had an extra dimension of interest, as Gormley was the defending champion while McKails record of achievement included his capture in 2012 of the E&L Under 25s Fleming Trophy. Gormley a player of Junior Cap status has the edge on top-flight competitive experience and driven by sharp focus and strong will to win he powered to an impressive 21-13 victory in 23-ends.
The opening exchanges were toe to toe with Gormley hard pressed to lead 8-7 after 10-ends however he soon engaged a higher gear that accelerated him to 18-8 having surged ahead with counts of 1, 2, (1), 3, 1, 1, 2. McKail did manage to put a brake on his now jet-propelled opponent and did so with exciting style rousing the banking with a 1, 3, 1 fight back to be in the picture at 13-18 however Gormley paraded his killer instinct qualities with a hat trick of singles to hit 21.
The final of the Pairs saw the Carrick Knowe name etched on the silverware for the first time with the partnership of Andy Blair and John Ramsay producing a flying finish from 9-5 down to inflict 17-12 pain on Maitland brothers George and Alan Trotter.
Carrick Knowe were also seeking a first in the Triples but their trio of John Mitchell, Cameron tenant, and Kevin Tennant were unable to get to grips with their Hillside opposition of Phil Harper, Stuart Cormack, and Brian Irving. Irving inspired by historical title wins for Hillside in 2006 and 2008 made a super-charged start to lead 14-5 then traded on his comfortable cushion to skip his front-two to a 15-10 victory.
Parkside were seeking to capture the Fours title for a record extending fifth time; but were frustrated by a Northern rink whose 18-14 win added to previous club triumphs in 2002 and 2015. Roy Campbell was the man at the helm skipping Larry Sorrell, Alec Young, and Grant Young from 9-5 down to 12-9 up with counts of 1, 1, 5 then making telling space from 12-11 to 18-11 and capturing the title at the expense of a disappointed Brian Salvona, Willie Watson, Colin Hairs, and Davie Anderson.
Leith and Wardie were both hunting a first ever title triumph in the Seniors Fours and it was former high profile mainstream star Ian Ramsay that lifted the trophy skipping his Leith front-three of Willie Gilbertson, Davy Morris, and George Wood to an 1808 win over Frank Clelland, Dave King, Stan McBain, and Stuart Lawrie.
The climax to the WESLO Seniors Open in West Lothian takes place at Glenmavis-Bathgate today with the semi finals and final down for decision.
Robert Saunders the recent District champion from Whitburn is a high profile challenger going head to head with a battle hardened mainstream campaigner in Brian Walker of Queensferry.The other semi final pitches David Peel of West Calder against John Collins of Middleton Hall.
This week Quarter Finals action at Mid Calder saw Saunders score a commanding 21-9 win over Ritchie Templeton of Bathgate while Walkers 21-10 win over John Weir frustrated the prospect of an all Whitburn semi final.Peel beat John Eveleigh of Watson Memorial (Armadale) 21-16 while Collins upset the formbook with his 21-16 win over Norrie Alexander of Ratho.