Parkside produced a stout performance to remain the leaders in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League having kept chief rivals Craigentinny at bay with a 5-4 victory at home to the defending champions.
Craigentinny – trying desperately to cut into the pre-match 3 and a half point lead of Parkside – saw Kevin McFarlane help the cause by skipping Kevin Hunter, Malky Milne, and Gary Nisbet to a 16-12 win over Derek Smith. Robert Donaldson benefited from a 6 followed by a 4 to skip Alex Hurry, Dave Sherriffs, and Danny Jackson into a 16-10 lead but the home rink slipped to a 17-17 peel with Ian Duncan, Stuart Betts, David Brown, and Andy Caldwell. Neil Watson and his rink of Craig Bryce, Davie Moran, and Andy Hargan led 12-10 going into the last but finished 12-12 with Craig McCall, Lewis Betts, Gordon Bold, and Andy Jeffrey.
Queensberry hold onto third place but would have held stronger title claims had they managed better than a 5-4 win at home to fifth placed Maitland while Northern’s 7-2 win at Summerside and Hillsides 7-2 win at Leith moves both well clear of the relegation zone. The major drama at Queensberry centred on the home rink of Colin McKenzie, Mick Imrie Snr, Alan Watson, and Scott Walker who had valuable win points in their pocket with an 18-4 lea but blewit to become the subject of a stewards enquiry in the club house. Rival skip Brian Higgins and his front-three of Andi Kellagher, Peter Morris, and Alan Flockhart whipped up a whirlwind finish of 3, 1, 7, 3, 1 to steal a 19-18 win for Maitland. Other scores – Frank O’Reilly 13 Alan Trotter 16; Brian Pollard 22 Jim Robertson 18; John Kidd 28 Graeme McIntosh 7.
Gordon Wilson Jnr included a full house count of 8 as he skipped his Northern rink of Garry Harrison, Gordon Wilson Snr, and Davie Scott to a 26-12 away win over Peter Miller of Summerside. Other scores – Mark Fyfe 16 Ian Miller 15; Paul Jeromson 8 Jamie Reid 18; David Poole 8 Jim Bathgate 16.
Leith v Hillside – Craig Ramsay 15 Colin Bell 13; Gavin Ramsay 12 Colin Hairs 24; Ian Ramsay 9 BJ Smith 18; Drew Dodds 13 Gary Muir 19.
Tonight’s semi finals of the Specsavers sponsored Edinburgh Cup features Tanfield v Bainfield; and Queensberry v Northern.
Linlithgow BC (est. 1865) have iced the cake of their 150th Anniversary celebrations by capturing the iconic Rosebery Cup producing a strong finish to beat host club Newbridge by nine shots (81-72) in an epic final played over an extended 21-ends. It is win number seven for Linlithgow in The Rosebery while Newbridge were failing to emulate their 1977 triumph that remains their only success in winning The Trophy that launched the Linlithgowshire Bowling Association in 1882. The early rounds of The Rosebery are played over 17-ends and at that stage in the final it was Newbridge that held all the aces in the shape of a nine shot lead (66-57) and they retained a winning edge at six up (68-62) after 18. End 19 will become part of the Linlithgow folklore as history will record a spectacular 12-1 fight back that transformed the final in its closing moments.
The master scoreboard now showed Linlithgow leading 74-69 and The Black Bitches triggered the victory salute with further counts of 4-1 and 3-2. There had indeed been magic in the air and the final score was Linlithgow 81 Newbridge 72. If the story lies in the cards then start with Graeme Byrne carding a phenomenal run from end 16 of 2, 4, 3, 5, (1) 1 to skip Mark Mulholland, Gary Porteous, and Scott Murphy to a 26-15 win over Thomas Mann. Steven Fleming stood 15-15 with two ends to play against Greg Baldry then skipped Andrew Grimshaw Jnr, Colin Stein, and Mark Graham to a 2, 2, finish to win 19-15. Gary Orr skipped Andrew Cruickshank, Fraser Simpson, and Ian McMahon to a vital 4 at the 19th and single at the 20th in a 21-18 defeat from Alec Allan. Gary Smith and his rink of Derek Cochrane, David Hamilton, and David Alexander were always on the back foot but produced a spirited 3, 1 finish in their 21-18 defeat from Blair Mackie.