The Gents Singles title is the ultimate Holy Grail crown to be captured in the Bowls Scotland national championships and the quest for glory by both Edinburgh challengers got off to a great start in yesterdays first round at Ayr Northfield.Read More
David Brown of Craigentinny was the first to ignite the applause of the Edinburgh support having kicked on in impressive style from 11-10 to inflict a 21-14 defeat on Ian McMillan of Drumoyne. It was later in the day that Halley Cockburn of Sighthill staged a spectacular fight back from 18-10 down to set Ayr alight with a thundering finish of 2, 1, 4, 2, 2 that triggered a 21-18 victory salute.
West Lothians Gary Smith of Linlithgow was fast out of the blocks to lead 9-0 then from 17-9 pressed on to beat Alan Davis of Castle Douglas, 21-12 while Stuart Fleming of Inveresk carried the Midlothian banner forward with a 21-7 win over Allan Birnie of Huntly.
The major shock of the day however was the exit of title favourite Billy Mellors of Haddington with last years finalist and 2006 champion crashing to a 21-12 defeat at the hands of Mark OHagan of Whitefield.
Edinburgh suffered double disappointment in the Ladies Singles and for Beechwood ace Betty Eaton it was of heartbreak hotel proportions having been piped 21-20 in an epic 25-end battle with Jean Fisher of Bridge of Allan. Eaton moved from 5-9 to 12-9 with a run of 3, 2, 1, 1 then answered renewed pressure at 16-12 down with counts of 2, 1, 1 to peel then lost a 2 but retaliated with a magic 3 to have clear sight of the winning post at 19-18. The alarm bells sounded for her once again at 20-19 down but she thrilled her support with a single to 20-20 however it was Fisher that landed the winning single in the atmosphere of an intense climax.
Hopes that Chloe Thomson of Tanfield would clear her first hurdle were dashed by a 21-15 defeat at the hands of Liz ONeill of Townholm and other fallers were Midlothians Annie Rutherford of Buccleuch and West Lothian teenager Chloe Hutchison of Linlithgow.
Its a rosier outlook though for Megan Kivlin of the garden county as challenged by 2013 Seniors Singles champion Isobel Laing of Elgin the budding talent of 2016 Junior Singles champion from East Lothian Co-op sprouted wings from 17-13 down and raced to 21 with a brilliant run of 3, 4, 1.
The Edinburgh support cheered a double success in the Gents Pairs with Colinton and Craigentinny both making it into todays third round. It didnt look like a sweat on the brow climax was developing for brothers John and David Fisher when leading Abergeldie, 12-4, however it reached melting pot temperature at 13-13 before the Colinton duo clinched it with a single at the last.
The Craigentinny duo of Gordon Bold and Willie McDonald were tested at 12-10 up and answered with an explosive finish of 2, 2, (2), 2, 1 to beat Bellshill & Mossend 19-12.
Play in the Ladies Pairs saw four times national champions Leanne and Lauren Baillie of Cockenzie & Port Seton produce a corking 17-14 win over Leslie Doig and Dianne Gordon of Strathmiglo.
Sighthill duo Kathleen Barr and Hilda Melrose opened up a 10-6 lead over sisters Delia Flannigan and Angie Uttley of Glenmavis but the 2007 champions stormed to an 18-14 victory with a whirlwind finish of 1, 2, 3, (1), 2, 3, 1.