In Bowls it is every president of a City and County Associations dream that his term in office be glorified by capturing the Hamilton Trophy; but with five of the seven section matches completed there is already doom and gloom in Edinburgh & Leith with their elite players failing to deliver the goods for their chain man Ian Pickavance.Read More
Midlothian were the final executioners with a 125-107 victory on away soil at Northern that was a third and fatal chop following the softening up axing of E&L earlier in the Cities and Counties campaign by East Lothian and West Lothian. “Expectations were high that we could emulate our title triumph of 2013 but having lost to all three of our chief rivals we have no chance of finishing in the top two of our section so my dream of delivering a victory speech is well and truly squashed”, said the E&L President.
E&L were paper favourites to win at Northern so it is greatly to the credit of Midlothian that the visitors inflicted the pain of defeat on four of the six home rinks; the skips to suffer being John McDermott, Mal Higgenbotham, Paul Veitch, and team captain Paul O’Donnell. Wins on the rinks skipped by James Hogg and Robert Marshall spared the blushes of a clean sweep defeat in an overall match that did unfold with E&L still in with a shout at just nine shots adrift (90-81) entering the 16th end. End 16 will be identified as the game-changing moment with Midlothian answering the growing menace of an E&L counter attack with a an 8-2 response that pushed them into a morale boosting 15 shot lead (98-83). It was the second time in the match that E&L were found wanting the first coming on end 12 where they suffered a massive 13-0 against them that accelerated Midlothian into a galvanising 16 shot supremacy (77-61). The top-performing rink in the match comprised Neil Linton, Scott Ritchie, Andrew Buerle and Colin Bonner of Midlothian who led 14-2 and beat Stephen Pringle, David Fisher, Robert Donaldson, and McDermott, 25-9. Other rink scores: James Hogg 25 Craig Hodge 13; Robert Marshall 24 Colin Walker 19; Paul O’Donnell 17 Daniel McDougall 19; Paul Veitch 17 Scott Briggs 23; Mal Higgenbotham 15 Colin McFarlane 26.
East Lothian retained their undefeated record in thrilling fashion with the section leaders escaping from the jaws of defeat with a fantastic 9-1 fight back on the final end across the green to snatch a 115-115 peel with West Lothian at Kirkliston. An epic battle saw West Lothian adrift on only three of the 21 ends but unable to defend their peak lead of 12 shots up entering end 13. The rink scores were, Thomas Mann 28 Alex Marshall 16; Ray Logan 18 John McCrorie 16; Stevie Fleming 16 Billy Mellors 18; Sandy McDougall 21 Brian Young 24; Grant Logan 18 Scott Kennedy 22; Andy Dunnett 14 Stevie Cochrane 19.
East Section standing after five games: East Lothian 9 +103; Borders 8 +73; West Lothian 7 +89; Midlothian 6 –24;E&L 4 +32; Stirling East 4 –13; Fife 2 –169; West Fife 0 –91.
Craigentinny’s slender ˝ point lead in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League comes under pressure tonight with the record seven time champions facing a tough visit to title holders Parkside. Top stars Ian Paterson and Kevin Hunter miss the action and the shoes of the former Edinburgh & Leith Hamilton Trophy players are filled directly at second and lead by Malky Milne and David Torrance.Parkside have kept their team selection close to their chest while the other fixtures are, Hillside v Pilrig; Northern v Tanfield; and Queensberry v Maitland.