Craigentinny escaped into the final of the Edinburgh Top Ten Championship by the skin of their teeth and inflicted severe pain on Northern with the battle for supremacy at neutral venue Postal going right down to the wire before decided by the tie-breaking result in the Singles.Read More
Wins in the Singles and Triples for Craigentinny were countered by Northern triumphs in the Pairs and Four thereby bringing shot aggregate into play; but that situation set the scene for a knife-edged outcome. Scott Rogers emerged the hero figure for Craigentinny in the Singles with his 21-16 win over Gordon Wilson Jnr doubling up as the match winning decider after a real sizzler of a melting pot climax saw the regulation time scores end 4-4 on points and 65-65 on shot aggregate.
The real drama however was acted out in the closing moments of the Triples where the Craigentinny trio of Kevin Hunter, Willie McDonald, and Daniel Gormley were set to deliver the win points at 15-8 up with two ends to play. Both camps knew that shot aggregate was destined to be the first ‘match decider’ and with the spotlight now focused full beam on the Triples the losing Northern trio of Darren Prentice, Andy Reid, and James Barr were still holding the whip hand. Barr and Co were defending a match winning advantage of four shots but were subjected to a nightmare experience as Gormley rose above all the pressures to skip his front-two to a spectacular 1, 3 finish and 19-8 victory that left the shot aggregate all square.,
In terms of match tactics it was 100percent positive for Craigentinny that the Triples was the last to finish as their trio had been in explosive form to lead 15-1, leading to good vibes for them and negative ones for the Northern opposition.
The Singles was first to finish and Rogers made the first significant break when a purple patch run of 3, 1, 3, accelerated him into a 13-5 lead; then when Wilson menaced at 18-16 the Craigentinny spearhead conjured up a magic count of 3 to 21 on the 24th end.
The Fours was next to finish and having carded a mighty five on the opening end the Northern rink of Garry Harrison, Gordon Wilson Snr, Jamie Reid, and Ian Miller were excitingly inspired to a 17-13 win over Craig McCall, Ian Paterson, Gordon Bold, and Andrew Jeffrey. Jeffrey and Co did however produce a 1, 4 finish that in the final countdown would become a significant contributor to the club’s shot aggregate life-saver. Northern also served up a high-octane performance in the Pairs with Larry Sorrell and David Scott including a super six and two fours as they rocketed to a 24-12 win over Josh Spalding and Andy Caldwell. Northern play in the shadow of Craigentinny as rivals in Division 1 of The Edinburgh Bowling League; but will reflect on this occasion that they blew their chance of a shock upset by conceding 9 last end shots over the Pairs (2), Triples (3), Fours (4).