Teenager Aaron Betts enjoyed a sensational climax to his indoor bowls season at East Lothian with the 14 year old Edinburgh based star reeling off a glorious hat trick of domestic title wins to reign supreme as the Under 13, Under 17, and Under 25 Singles Champion.
Betts clinched the hat trick with a magic display against 2016 World Junior Singles champion Joe Mower in the final of the Under 25’s, defeating the Welsh migrant by an astonishing 21-4 score in a super-quick 12 ends. East Lothian IBC is a land of giants with singles legends like Willie Wood MBE, Alex (Tattie) Marshall MBE, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy, Mark Johnston, and Billy Mellors parading their skills to high degrees of excellence so it is a magnificent tribute from the Garden County pundits saying, “Young Betts produced one of the best Singles performances ever witnessed in the Alex Marshall Arena”.
Finals week at the AMA also saw a packed banking witness and hail a fabulous feat achieved by Billy Mellors whose capture of the Singles title proper triggered jubilant celebrations of a record making fourth title win in five years.Mellors 21-16 win over former Junior champion (2) Chris Fallen was the product of a hard fought final that could have gone either way. “It seems like a dream that I have set a record among a stadium of legends and moved one title win ahead of three times champions Graham Robertson and Ian Bell and of course it allows me to compete for the national crown in 2018/19” reflected Mellors.
Play in the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League swings into action City wide next week and top dogs Craigentinny launch their defence of the Division 1 title with a visit to Queensberry.
Queensberry are exceptionally tough nuts to crack on their home soil and being newly promoted back to the highest echelon will be fired up to bloody the nose of a team noted in the past to be slow out of the blocks.
Brunstane’s explosive start to last seasons first taste of life in Division 1 was a real eye opener and with home advantage they will aim to get off to flying start at the expense of Maitland. Parkside v Northern and Tanfield v Summerside will be marked down on most coupons as expected home wins.
The 2018 playing of the Edinburgh & Leith Junior Singles for the prestigious James S Fleming Trophy has attracted and entry of 55 that includes defending champion Josh Spalding of Craigentinny also reigning Tait Trophy king pin Liam McKay of Tanfield. Both top-flight figures have a bye into the first round proper with Spalding opening against Cameron Tennant of Carrick Knowe and McKay awaiting the winner between Scott McCarthur of Gorgie Mills and James Barr of Northern. Teenage brothers Aaron and Lewis Betts of Craigentinny launch their respective bid for glory in the Prelim Round with Aaron lining up against Logan Ramsay of Summerside and Lewis tackling Tristan Whyte of Brunstane.