Carrick Knowe’s imprint on the Edinburgh Bowling League is fast becoming one of giant proportion with the club’s second season of membership highlighted by their spectacular capture of the Specsavers sponsored Edinburgh Cup.Read More
The runaway champions of Division 4 – having powered their way out of Division 5 in last years debut season – faced what looked like a daunting task against Division 1 title contenders Maitland in the final of the EBL’s showpiece club event played at Tanfield. Wins on the rinks skipped by Richard Tough, Colin Mitchell, Darren Hush, Paul O’Donnell, and James Hogg triggered a 10-2 victory salute that came close to a full house triumph with the defeat of John Ramsay only being by a single shot.
The six rink head to head knockout format of The Edinburgh Cup is a sound reflection of strength in depth and wins over Dean of Division 4 then top flight clubs Tanfield, Parkside, Hillside, and Maitland reflects a tremendous campaign delivered by Carrick Knowe. Whilst the outcome in the final was by a substantial margin the battle for supremacy had to be hard won and it’s to Maitland’s frustration that a couple of their significant defeats were by nail bitingly narrow margins.
Carrick Knowe’s current season club champion James Hogg entered his final end trailing by two shots; but the highly rated Scotland cap and a former national champion conjured up a magic count of three to skip Ray Smith, Trevor Matheson, and Graham Pringle to a 17-16 victory. Snatching victory on the line was a psychological important one as it came at the expense of Maitland champion Alan Trotter and his front three of George Trotter, Ross Barclay, and Jim Robertson. Paul O’Donnell was also an endangered species at 19-16 down with two ends to play; but the former Edinburgh Open Champion skipped Robbie Smith, Cameron Tennant, and Colin Spence to an explosive 5, 1 finish; and a 21-19 win over Gordon Clark. Both results being a massive tipping of the match scales given that Gary Stout skipped his Maitland rink of Jim Duncan, Iain Cairns, and Harry McLaughlin to a 17-16 win over Chris Crawford, Alan McIntyre, Alan Poole and John Ramsay. Richard Tough though had blazed a 19-5 trail that included a sizzling count of six, and he went on to skip Rab Hush, Colin Tough, and Bob Mitchell to a 23-9 win over Alan Sharp.
Colin Mitchell – a former Commonwealth Games cap – carded a mighty five to cross 16-12 then skipped Ralph Henderson, John Mitchell, and Craig Aitken to a 23-12 win over Graeme McIntosh. Darren Hush roared from 9-8 to 21-9 then skipped Andy Beath, Keith Elder, and Kevin Tennant to a 22-13 win over Brian Higgins. “The club joined the EBL from the Water of Leith League to give us the chance to experience major trophy successes such as this – and to do so in our second season is just wonderful”, said Carrick Knowe legend Colin Mitchell.