Edinburgh & Leith produced a strong team performance with wins on five of their six rinks powering them to a spectacular 40 shot victory (130-90) over West Fife at Wardie, in match three of the Cities and Counties Championship.Read More
Wins were posted on the rinks skipped by Paul Veitch, Robert Marshall, John McDermott, Paul O’Donnell, and Mal Higgenbottom; but Paul Brown of West Fife inflicted the pain of a double figure defeat on James Hogg. E&L led from start to finish having established an early supremacy when stamping their authority over the visitors with a purple patch spell of 10-2, 10-5, 11-3, and 6-2 that accelerated them from 30-22 after five ends to 67-34 entering the 10th. The master scoreboard then reflected E&L operating in a 29 shot comfort zone (116-87) after 19 ends however there was still more to come with the home support treated to a grandstand finish of 7-1, 7-2, that reached a peak high of 40 shots. E&L won all three phases of the match, dominating the first, 50-29, and the second, 48-32, then edging the third, 32-29.
Veitch was in exciting form to count at 15 of the 21 ends and emerged E&L’s top performer to skip Daniel Gormley, Steven Pilley, and Alan Brown to a 27-9 win over Kenny Bald that included super count of six at end seven. Marshall included inspiring runs of 1, 1, 3, 5, and 2, 1, 1, 1, 3 as he skipped Craig McCall, Darren McKenny, and Jamie Gracie to a 28-11 win over Jim Roxburgh while McDermott traded on a 14-5 lead after 12 ends to skip Steven Pringle, David Fisher, and Robert Donaldson to a 22-13 win over Rab McFarlane. O’Donnell finished 2, 1, to clinch a 20-16 win over Alan McIntyre and Higgenbotham edged hone 18-15 from 14-14 against Craig Watson. Hogg and his front-three of Josh Spalding, John Ramsay, and Darren Hush suffered a 26-15 setback.
East Lothian made it three wins out of three with a magnificent 53 shot triumph (145-92, away to Fife County at Leslie BC with the main contribution coming from Captain Marvel, Scott Kennedy skipping Stewart Thomson, Colin McLeod, and Willie Wood MBE to a 35-13 win over Alan Pearson.
West Lothian were in rampant form to crush Stirling County East at Larbert by a spectacular 71 shots (155-84) with Andy Dunnett (28-8) leading the charge.
Midlothian slumped to a first defeat with Borders winning on five rinks to celebrate a comprehensive 46 shot victory (137-91) on away territory at Newbattle.
The fourth round of fixtures in the East section this weekend features; West Lothian v Edinburgh & Leith at Queensferry; East Lothian v Midlothian at West Barns; Borders v Fife at Coldsteam; West Fife v Stirling East at Abbeyview.
Craigentinny have promoted Scott Rogers to skip for tonight’s visit to foot of the table Pilrig in the fifth round of fixtures in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League. Rogers takes over from Willie McDonald who lines up at third to Daniel Gormley. Parkside, the holders and current leaders,, defend their present lead with a tough away visit to Hillside while Tanfield are at home to Maitland and Northern to Queensberry.