Brian Higgins has carried the Edinburgh banner into todays Seniors Singles semi finals of the Bowls Scotland national championships with the Maitland star thrilling his support with two sparkling wins on Day 2 at a busy Ayr Northfield.Read More
Higgins champion of the Edinburgh Bowling League Singles in 2008 faced a challenging test at 11-11 in his early morning second round clash with Alan Robinson (The Inverness) but answered the question by zipping to 19 without reply then clinching a 21-15 win in 18-ends.
Robert McLaughlan of Valleyfield was his third round opponent and had Higgins against the collar at 13-12 however the street wise Maitland veteran grabbed the chance to keep his opponent trapped in the nervy bowlers graveyard reeling off a hat trick of 2s to cross 18-13 then two ends later hitting 21 with a magic count of 3 to win 21-14 in 20-ends. Higgins pathway into the final now stands blocked by Kenny Brown of Inchinnan while the opposite semi final features Ian Garioch of Lochlands and William Hyslop of Springhill. Garioch beat Billy Dunleavey of Aberlady, 21-19, in the second round.
The disappointing exit of iconic figure David McGill in Round 2 saw the Braid veteran fight back from 7-15 to 16-16 then when all the odds in such a testing situation should have favoured the huge experience of the world stage star of the 1970s it was opponent George Lennon of Stanley that hit 21 with a 1, 2, 2, finish.
West Lintons Dougie Taylor made it into the third round with a 21-17 win over Michael Blackwood of Gala Waverley then his lead of 18-15 was wiped out by a 2, 2, 1, 1 finish from William Hyslop. Billy Dunleavey of Aberlady lost a 21-19 battle against Garioch in the second round.
Play in the gents Junior Singles saw Liam McKay of Tanfield win twice to reach Saturdays semi finals line up; Edinburghs reigning Tait Trophy champion finish on a double to clinch a 21-19 win over Thomas Strachan of Airdrie Central then building on a 9-1 lead to beat Mark McIntosh of Tarves, 21-10.
A heartbreak outcome for Kieran Dodds of East Lothian saw his 21-17 win over Joe Condy of Chirnside followed by a frustrating collapse from 20-14 up to a 21-20 defeat from Robert Lenza if Thornhill who now faces McKay.
Carrick Knowe star Stephen Pringle failed to shone in a disappointing 21-7 second round defeat from Connor Fulton of Abbeyview.
Having dropped 3 shots on the last end the Balerno Seniors Fours rink of Anne Blake, Mabel Jackson, Margaret Turner, and Helen Girdler treated their anxious support to an extra end thriller to reach todays semi finals with a 14-13 win over Balgownie.
East Lothian duo Mags Thomson and Jamie Frame of Castlepark followed a 19-13 second round with a nail biting 15-14 win over Edinburghs Violet Winton and Colin Bell of Hillside.
Tanfields Colette Thomson carries the Edinburgh banner into todays third round of the Junior Singles having defeated Zoe Penman of Bellshill Mossend 21-11 then Emily Gray of Kintore, 21-15.
Megan Kivlin the 2016 champion from East Lothian Co-op progressed with wins over Lauren McShane of Crookston, 21-15 then Caitlin Waddilove of Abbey, 21-10.