Queensberry are not used to reaching lofty positions in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League but have moved into third place following Wednesday nights thumping 9-0 win at home to Northern.
With Craigentinny at home to foot of the table Summerside opportunity did knock for the traditionally slow to get into their stride defending champions and they did grab the chance with a 9-0 blitz of a struggling opposition.
It’s a win that fires Craigentinny into the top position albeit by a narrow two shot margin over early leaders Maitland – 7-2 winners at home to Leith. Andrew Caldwell was the big hitter for Craigentinny with the team manager skipping Darren Smith, Grant McLaren, and David Brown into a 22-7 lead then on to a 25-10 win over David Snodgrass. Willie McDonald doubled his score from 7-3 to 14 with counts of 3 and 4 then delivered a 22-13 win over Keith Taylor while Andy Jeffrey added 4, 4, to cross 17-13 and win 19-13 against Peter Miller. Kevin McFarlane turned a bowl out for a 4 shot reward to lead 17-12 then battled to a 16-14 win over David Poole.
Maitland celebrated wins on the rinks skipped by Graeme McIntosh, Alan Flockhart, and Alan Trotter but Brian Higgins was unable to cope with Leith skip Robert Sloan. McIntosh included two mighty counts of 5 to skip Falconer Mitchell, Alan Sharp, and Gordon Clark into a 12-6 lead over Craig Ramsay and went on to win 29-18 while Flockhart finished 3, 1 to beat Drew Dodds, 18-12. Trotter finished 3, 1 to snatch a thrilling 16-15 win over Gavin Ramsay but Sloan kept Leith on the map by skipping Graham Walker, Wilkie Day, and Robert Wood to a 3, 2, 5 finish for a 23-15 win over Higgins.
Parkside were hard pushed to beat Hillside 6-3 with wins for Robert Donaldson (19-9), and Derek Smith (17-14) plus a peel for Paul Veitch (16-16) tipping the scales for the home side. BJ Smith , for the visitors, beat Neil Watson, 18-10.
The League Table after four games played reads,
Craigentinny26 (+71); Maitland 26 (+69); Queensberry 24; Parkside 23; Hillside 17; Northern 12; Leith 10; Summerside 6.
Bonnyrigg’s bid to retain The Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Inter County Top Ten title remains on track with the Midlothian champions producing a strong performance at home to crush Ellon of Buchan County, 8-0. Ronnie Duncan set the scene in the Singles with the Scotland cap storming into a 14-7 lead then cruising to a 21-15 victory in 24-ends over Alistair Campbell. The chief support came in the Pairs with Lindsay Plenderleith skipping Calum Redpath converting a commanding 14-1 lead into a spectacular 27-7 win over W Christie and M Stephen. Life for the Triple of Neil Linton, Jamie Hanlan and Kevin McDougall was a bit tougher but they answered the questions at 8-7 to win 15-12 while Tam Russell skipped Danny Dalgleish, Scott Lees and Drew Pearson to a 26-8 win in the Fours.
The Under 25 brigade of Edinburgh & Leith continued the defence of the Scottish League title with a strong section performance to beat Fife by 36 shots (150-114) at home venue Mayfield. Wins on the four rinks skipped by Stephen Pringle, Daniel Gormley, Jamie Reid, and Josh Spalding carried the day for an E&L coping with the defeats inflicted on Neil Watson, and Ross Noble. Pringles was the highest flyer having skipped Jamie Ronaldson, Ewan Martin, and Liam Mackay into a 16-7 lead then jetting to a 36-7 victorywith a supersonic finish of 5, 2, 2, 1, 2, 4, 3, 1. Gormley also made a double figure contribution, skipping Mark Mackintosh, Jordan Davidson, and Ross Byers into a 31-3 lead an onto a 32-12 win. Rink Scores: S Pringle 36-7; D Gormley 32-12; J Reid 24-21; J Spalding 27-25; R Noble 19-24; N Watson 12-25.