Craigentinny have regained the leadership of Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League with their latest 7-2 victory at home to Tanfield good enough to punish the shock 4-5 defeat of Maitland at home to Hillside.Read More
Maitland’s defence of their hard earned table top position after eight games played has proved to be short lived and there will be disappointment in the home ranks at the failure to beat a Hillside team that tends to be stronger at home than away. The Hillside resolve is always a competitive one though and that strength shone through in the winning performances served up on the rinks skipped by Colin Bell and Alan Trotter while BJ Smith looked a winner until ending up with a peel. Gary Stout was the skip that managed to steal that valuable peel point for Maitland while the other three was a result of Graeme McIntosh powering to a 15 shot win over Colin Hairs that also secured the bonus point with its influence on the 73-64 match aggregate.
Craigentinny are still struggling to find the consistency of firing on all four cylinders and a less than convincing performance against middle of the table Tanfield suggests the record seven times champions are living dangerously. Andy Caldwell put in a strong performance to beat Liam McKay while Andrew Jeffrey answered questions at 11-10 to hold off Stuart Campbell, and Scott Rogers faced immense last end pressure before seeing off Mal Higgenbotham. There was no escape route though for Daniel Gormley who lost out to Robert White.
Parkside saw their defence of the title suffer an unexpected blow in a 5-4 defeat at home to a Northern team fighting like demons to stay clear of the battle for survival that is developing in the relegation zone. Gordon Wilson Jnr emerged the hero figure for the visitors as his 10 shot win over Paul Veitch led to Northern also capturing the bonus point while Jamie Reid held off a late challenge to edge a single shot win over Robert Donaldson. Parksides’s bid to retain the title was kept alive by a last end double that saw Neil Watson snatch a single shot win over James Barr as it added to the 4 shot win contributed by Andy Hargan at the expense of Ian Millar.
Queensberry enjoyed an outstanding 2015 season but the runners up to Parkside are in troubled waters this campaign and even their 6-3 win at home to foot of the table Pilrig isn’t the strong escape spark they were hoping for. It does keep them in touch though with their immediate escape hatch rivals Northern so the wins delivered by skips John Kidd, Brian Pollard, and Jordan Davidson are a boost to the morale.
Pilrig are stranded on the bottom rung and their survival prospects look to be doomed however they did wound Queensberry with Darren McKenny’s 15 shot win over Frank O’Reilly robbing the home team of the bonus point. League standings after nine of 14 games: Craigentinny 54; Maitland 53½; Parkside 48½; Hillside 41; Tanfield 40; Northern 35½; Queensberry 34½; Pilrig 17.