Tanfield reached the second round of the Edinburgh Top Ten Championship with a 5-3 win at home over Pilrig but were trapped in the jaws of defeat before escaping by carding a double on the last end of the Fours.
Robert White emerged the Tanfield saviour as he conjured up a magic two shots on end 17 to skip Graeme Swan, Willie Paul, and Charlie McLaren to a 15-15 peel with Mike Trenholme, Ryan Gow, Mike Wilson, and Graeme Gow. Pilrig had entered that last end defending a match position of 4-4 and a plus of 3 shots but White’s salvaging of a point tipped the match scales 5-3 in favour of Tanfield. Whilst the Tanfield skip and his front-three basked in the limelight as match-winning heroes it would have been a different reception had they delivered zero points after making a whiz-bang start to lead 12-0 after four ends.
The architect of the Tanfield triumph was their teenage sensation Liam McKay who played the spearhead role in the Singles and having made a whirlwind start to lead 14-4 proceeded to storm to a 21-10 win over E&L Hamilton Trophy star Euan Craig. The outcome in the Pairs was a nail biting one with Walter Thomson and Mal Higgenbotham adding 3, 1, 3 to cross into a 12-8 lead over Pilrig duo Paul Barclay and Darren McKenny. The visitors charged back with a run of 1, 2, 1 to stand peels playing the last where fortune favoured Tanfield in the shape of a double to clinch a 14-12 victory.
Pilrig would come to curse their luck in the outcome of the Pairs and Fours as a towering performance in the Triples saw Arran Morrison, Darren McCardle, and Gavin Smith power to a 20-6 destruction of Derek McLean, Andy McNab, and Stuart Campbell.
Bainfield impressed with a 6-2 away win at Northern where their spearhead figure Craig Paterson produced some shining form in the Singles to polish of Stan Christie, 21-12 in 19-ends. That result was countered by Northern in the Fours with Jamie Reid skipping Darren Prentice, Gordon Wilson Snr, and Davy Scott into an 8-1 lead then on to a commanding 24-11 win over Brian Stoddart. Bainfield trailed 11-8 in the Pairs but Graeme Fergus and Steven Pilley transformed the picture with a run of 2, 1, 3 to cross to 14 and they clinched a 15-13 win over Garry Harrison and Gordon Wilson Jnr. The Triples was another cracking encounter played out on a tightrope that ended with Bainfield’s Adam Brock, Stuart Clark, and Paul Millar edging a 13-12 win over Stevie Raeburn, Andy Reid, and Ian Miller.
Holders, West End progressed with a 6-2 win at home to Ardmillan.
Other results – Sighthill 2 Hillside 6; Corstorphine 6 Dean 2; Summerside 8 Blackhall 0; Carrick Knowe 2 Colinton 6; Brunstane 6 Balerno 2; Postal 4 Maitland 4 (won on Singles); Merchiston beat Dudley; Seafield 6 LRF 2; Wardie 6 Liberton 2; Slateford 6 Leith 2; Mayfield 8 Portobello 0; Tramways 0 Currie 8.
Queensberry’s bid to etch their name on the Specsavers sponsored EBL Edinburgh Cup for a first time remains on track having captured the scalp of twice former champions Parkside in the quarterfinals. The three rinks at home and three rinks away format of the Cup produced a 6-6 share of the points after a series of nail biting climaxes but Queensberry tipped the scales with a superior shot margin bank of 9. The Queensberry leg saw Peter Lynch produce a 1, 2, 1 finish to skip Jimmy Curran, Jamie Anderson, and Derek Jempson to a 16-13 win over Graeme Fraser, Ronnie Maywood, Andy Hargan, and Paul Veitch. It was a late swing that brought extra value to the exceptional contribution from John Kidd who carded 5, 3, 2 to cross 10-5 then skipped Brian Jempson, Paul Manson, and Mick Imrie Jnr to a match influencing 27-12 win over Brian Salvona.
Parkside did make an away leg impression with Robert Donaldson kicking on from 10-9 to skip Martin Burns, Gareth Edwards, and Dave Sherriffs to a 19-12 win over Jimmy McDougall, Stewart Stevens, Paul Kirkland, and Brian Pollard. Two cliff-hangers on the Parkside leg saw the away rink of Paul Dickson, Mick Imrie Snr, Tam Ebbs, and Scott Walker lead 12-9, crossed 13-12, regain the lead at 14-13 but held to a 14-14 peel by Danny Jackson. Then Brian Larkin, Paul Kirkland, Jordan Davidson, and Frank O’Reilly sliped from 12-5 up to settle for a brow-sweating 15-15 peel with home rink Brandon Maywood,, Daniel McCourt, Steven Rennie, and Neil Watson. Derek Smith’s 16-5 lead after 10-ends gave him the chance to go on and tip the shot margin scales in favour of Parkside but in company with his front-three of Craig Bryce, Ian Fleming, and Willie Watson they slipped back to a 19-15 win over D Lawson. Other results- Tanfield beat Dean; Bainfield beat Postal; Northern beat Brunstane.