Slateford king pin Robert Marshall has reeled off a hat trick of wins in his latest campaign to capture the coveted Edinburgh & Leith Champion of Champions ‘Tait Trophy’ for a sixth time and the 52 year old is the only previous winner through to the quarterfinals stage.Read More
To qualify for ‘The Tait ‘ you have to do so as the current seasons club champion and Marshall’s recent 2016 triumph was a record extending 20th time explaining why the older brother of Alex (Tattie) of MBE fame is a much-revered figure in the wide circle of bowls in the capital. Marshall’s third round win on Monday night came at the 21-14 expense of experienced West End champion Donny Gilbertson at Tanfield who made an encouraging start to edge a 7-6 lead after seven ends. The Marshall response was a 2, 3, 2 reply then a 2, 1 interruption was followed by a run of 1, 2, 1, 2 that put the Slateford champion firmly in the driving seat at 19-10.
Alex Hurry Jnr is no stranger to the headlines and having etched his name on the championship trophy at Bainfield the 38- year old former Edinburgh Open Champion and national-singles semi finalist is driven by strong ambitions to capture The Tait. Hurry paraded his skills at Corstorphine on Monday night and faced with dangerous opposition in the shape of Ardmillan’s talented Mike Nolan had to pull out much of his best stops to emerge the 21-18 winner in a near epic 25-end battle. The outcome being in the melting pot with Nolan edging an 18-17 lead but the killer instinct of a tournament bred bowler saw Hurry hit 21 with a 1, 3 finish.
Hillside champion Malky Thom went through on the nod to win a 21-19 battle with David McNiven of Corstorphine at Carrick Knowe having recovered from the loss of 4, 1, 4 to stand peels at 19-19 before carding a double on end 21. Alan Trotter of Maitland dictated the pace to beat Graham Hislop of Willowbrae, 21-12, at Pilrig and that sets up a head to head with Carrick Knowe ace James Hogg who beat his Balerno counterpart, 21-3, at Slateford.
Postal champion Stuart Turnbull stamped his authority on his Liberton challenger Norman Ingles and delivered a 21-8 win at Dudley while Russell Gray of Dudley beat Ross Wylie of Wardie, 21-12 at Summerside. Kevin McNab of Dean produced a strong performance to overwhelm Ally Barrett of Juniper Green, 21-5, at Bainfield. Play continues on Friday night at Parkside with the line up reading, Robert Marshall v Malky Thom; Alan Trotter v James Hogg; Stuart Turnbull v Alex Hurry; Russell Gray v Kevin McNab.
Tonight’s the night for the winning and losing of the coveted Division 1 title of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League with settelemt down to the outcomes featuring Craigentinny v Parkside, and Maitland v Queensberry. Craigentinny enter the final round of fixtures (14) with a slender 1½point lead over Maitland and the record seven times champions can expect a tough challenge from last years champions, Parkside. Parkside are destined to finish out of the picture in third place but can damage the leaders although regulars John Bell and Steven Rennie miss the action; Brandon Maywood returns while Gordon Dickson makes his first appearance after a 10 year absence from the First Sixteens.
Criagentinny have announced a full strength team that looks capable of delivering the desired result under top flight skips, Ian Paterson, Daniel Gormley, Andy Jeffrey, and Andy Caldwell. Maitland have kept their team under the wraps as have their Queensberry visitors who occupy the second from bottom relegation position a desperate three points adrift of Northern.
Northern visit safely zoned Tanfieldwhile foot of the table Pilrig end a miserable season at home to middle of the table Hillside.