Carrick Knowe ace Colin Mitchell turned up trumps in Thursday nights final of the Club Triples championship; but it was a close call before the 43- year old skipped Kevin Tennant, and Darren Hush to a 15-14 victory.Read More
Completed under the Floodlight system the club invested in many years ago an epic encounter had always looked to be in prospect given a high quality opposition in the shape of Johnny Priestley, Paul O’Donnell, and current Scotland cap James Hogg. An additional bonus to capturing a mainstream piece of club silverware was the winners earning the right to carry the Carrick Knowe banner into next season’s District Playdown of the national championship.
Mitchell and Co entered the penultimate end defending a narrow 14-12 lead and their expectations moved to a higher level when carding a single that brought the opposition under even greater pressure. Last end drama saw the match temperature touch fever pitch with Hogg and his front-two building the better head and to such extent that the trio held the four shots needed to snatch a last gasp victory on the line.
Mitchell is no stranger to coping with menacing challenges in intense circumstances having campaigned in 13 international series for Scotland, won 5 District Singles, 5 Tait Trophy’s and 16 club championships. There was bated breath however, and sweat on the brow, as the Mitchell match-clincher was left to a last bowl effort that was a ‘yard on’ precisely targeted ‘chap and lie’ runner that effectively reduced his loss from 4 to 2 thereby producing a single shot victory. “There was a great atmosphere playing under the floodlights and the banking was treated to a fierce battle that went right down to the wire”, summed up Mitchell.
Stevie Thomson has captured the Champion of Champions title of East Lothian with the 51-year old challenger from Castlepark hallmarking a sterling campaign with a 21-19 victory over Billy Mellors in a 29-end final at West Barns. The seven times club champion was contesting his third C of C final and thrilled his support when carding a maximum 4 to go 19-17 up on his illustrious Haddington counterpart then three ends later triggered the victory salute with a single to 21. Thomson dealt Bobby Brunton of Dunbar an exit in the semi finals while Mellors – a former national champion – beat Lindsay Bell of Aberlady.
Haddington was the venue for the finals of the East Lothian County Championships and the host club came close in the main event but Colin Dick was denied the title glory by John Gearty of Cockenzie and Port Seton who ran out a commanding 21-6 winner. Steven White of ELCO came out on top in an epic 21-19 battle against Jack Ferguson of Longniddry in the final of The Junior Singles.