Northern’s shock win away to Craigentinny was a brilliant result for them but raises doubts about the ability of the record seven times Division 1 champions of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League to go on and reign as the 2016 king pinsRead More
The visitors arrived occupying the second bottom rung of the league table; but denied that form statistic by delivering wins on the rinks skipped by Ian Millar and Jamie Reid, and came close to a third in the shape of a peel for Gordon Wilson Jnr.
A third win for Northern had looked on the cards when Wilson Jnr skipped Wilson Snr, Jim Prentice, and David Scott into leads of 11-8, and 13-11, only to be frustrated by a 1, 1 finish from Darren Smith, Ian Paterson, Davie Brown, and Andy Caldwell. Millar typified the fighting spirit of the underdog visitors when kicking on from 6-6 to skip Stevie Raeburn, George Prentice, and Andy Reid to a 16-8 win over Willie McDonald. Reid (Jamie) skipped Graham Prentice, Grant Young, and Darren Pretice into a 15-10 lead over Daniel Gormley then held over the next five ends to clinch a 16-14 victory.
The Craigentinny blushes were spared by a spectacular 25-3 win for the rink of Craig McCall, Stuart Betts, Gordon Bold, and Andrew Jeffrey over Jim Bathgate; the shot margin big enough to also secure the bonus point for the home side. Whilst Northern remain second from bottom they have moved to within four points of a Hillside team that will be well enough pleased with a 5-4 defeat away to last seasons runners up Queensberry.
The top of the table clash between title holders Parkside and promoted Division 2 champions Tanfield was a cracking affair that saw the home side increase their lead to five points with a 5-4 victory. The hero figure for Parkside was Neil Watson who skipped Steven Rennie, David Moran, and Andy Hargan from 9-9 to a 20-11 win over Robert White that tipped the scales in securing the match aggregate (66-59) bonus point. However the eye-catching contribution came from Paul Veitch who skipped Craig Bryce, Gareth Edwards, and Bob Ramsay from 5-17 to 17-17 with a storming finish of 2, 3, 2, 1, 1, 3 against Mal Higgenbotham. A second nail biting climaxes saw Kevin Boyd finish like a train from 5-11 to snatch a 13-13 peel with Stuart Campbell. Tanfield clinched their only victory on the rink of Graham Mitchell, Alex Thompson, Derek McLean, and Andy McNab who inflicted 18- 13 pain on Robert Donaldson. Maitland beat Pilrig 7-2.