Craigentinny dropped two points at home to relegation zoned Hillside this week but the seven they picked up has strengthened the defending champions grip on a Division 1 title that they have captured on eight previous occasions in the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League.Read More
On a league night of rain swept conditions no team did better than the star studded table-toppers who came off the green to the astonishing news that their chief rivals, Parkside, had crashed to a 5-4 defeat at home to foot of the table Postal.
Brunstane suffered their first major setback with the top flight new boys suffering a crushing 8-1 defeat at home to Northern a result that pushes the recent headline makers down to fourth place leapfrogged by Northern.
Tanfield have yet to find the form that relates to their six title triumphs the last in 2006 and remain flirting with the relegation zone after sharing the points 4½ – 4½ at home to a competitive Maitland. After 8 games played the Division 1 table reads; Craigentinny 57; Parkside 43; Northern 41; Brunstane 38; Maitland 36½; Tanfield 31½; Hillside 22; Postal 19.
Craigentinny were hard pushed to get over the line in two of their winning rinks but past Tait Trophy champion Ian Paterson was untroubled as he powered Josh Spalding, Darren Smith, and David Brown to a 23-13 win over BJ Smith. Andy Jeffrey was forced to conjure up a magic count of 2 at the last to skip Craig McCall, Gary Nisbet, and Gary Muir to a 16-15 win over Brian Irving. Willie McDonald answered pressure at 12-11 with a 2, 2, 2, (1), finish to skip Kevin Hunter, Stuart Betts, and Gordon Bold to an 18-12 win over Colin Bell; but Daniel Gormley found no escape route in a 16-14 defeat from Peter Brown.
Bainfield is under new team management in the shape veteran member Willie Dyet and are finding a stronger will to win and fighting spirit that reflects the qualities of a Bowls Legend of true star quality and a treasure chest of achievements. The former giants of the Water of Leith League are having to fight their way to the top echelon of the EBL and currently hold the driving seat in Division 4 thanks to a resounding 9-0 win at home to Liberton.
WOL migrants fill the top three positions with last seasons Division 5 champions Sighthill sitting four points adrift in second place, and one ahead of Gorgie Mills. The two clubs clashed this week with Sightill cashing in on home green advantage to win 7-2. Merchiston lost 6-3 at foot of the table Ardmillan and the early leaders remain in touch but now occupy fourth place. Sighthill v Gorgie Mills scores. John McDermott 30 B Dingle 13; Stuart Isbister 21 S Purvis 10; Gary Connelly 18 A.N. Other 16; Graeme Eddington 12 D Thomson 20.