The Bainfield indoor bowls gents team fighting for survival in the premier league are no strangers to the last chance saloon having escaped from it just recently to avoid finishing in the automatic relegation spot in their Section A campaign.
Their success against Abbeyview – and helped by the defeat of Coatbridge at Midlothian – earned them a last gasp stay of execution however the final judgement is due this weekend with a playoff match against Turriff. The ‘shoot out’ against the runners up in Division1North takes place at Cumbernauld on Sunday (2pm) and it promises to be a tough encounter although the geography of the venue could count against the much further to travel Turriff. Turriff are no strangers to the premier league and will be keen to renew acquaintance with the higher echelon of the sport so they will be no pushovers and Bainfield will need to be razor sharp to blunt the renowned competitive spirit of their opposition. “ Turriff have built a reputation over the years as being a team of real fighters and we will be respecting that fact but Bainfield also have a strong will to win and I have confidence that with skill in abundance at the heart of our team we can deliver”, said team manager Alan Brown. Bainfield are blessed with four sharp-shooters in charge of there well balanced rinks and where better than ‘the last chance saloon’ for James Hogg, Colin Hutchison, Gavin Smith, and team captain Craig Paterson to emerge in a blaze of glory. It’s also a quick return to the limelight for Daniel Gormley after last weekend’s high of the junior international series but another budding young talent in the shape of Stephen Pringle will be a frustrated figure on the reserve bench. Rink 1. Jamie Reid, Alan Brown, Daniel Gormley, and James Hogg. Rink 2. Chris Downie, Brian Stoddart, Barry Hill, and Colin Hutchison. Rink 3. Josh Spalding, Mark McIntosh, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith. Rink 4. Adam Brock, Danny McCourt, Kevin Tennant, and Craig Paterson.
Turriff come into the match with a record of six wins from ten in their league campaign and mixed fortune on away carpets having won at Dundee, and Fraserburgh but losing at Balbardie, Arbroath, and Alloa.
Meanwhile news from the Edinburgh Bowling League via secretary Robert White is that former Division 1 club Niddrie have sadly dropped out due to falling membership levels but there is an upside with three new clubs set to debut in the 2015 season.
“Carrick Knowe, Bainfield, and Colinton, have all signed up as members of the EBL for 2015 and that is an exciting development as all three have excellent histories in the sport, it also brings the number of clubs in the league up to 39”, said White. “There is also enlargement in the ladies membership of the EBL with teams from Bainfield and Craigentinny bringing the ground-breaking evening league numbers up to 14 “ he added. There is also exciting sponsorship news from the EBL ahead of the new season with White delighted to announce that capital firm BuyRite Bathrooms are to provide headline support to The Knockout Championships. “We also have confirmation that Specsavers of Shandwick Place and North Bridge are continuing to sponsor The Edinburgh Cup, and the Gifted shop of Raeburn Place the Ladies League and Cup events while Alpha Trophies prefix our league divisions.”