Adam Melrose emerged the hero figure for Edinburgh in yesterdays play in the Bowls Scotland National Championships being played at Ayr Northfield with the 63 year old Sighthill ace producing two winning performances to reach the semi finals of The Gents Seniors Singles.
Melrose carried the Sighthill and District 15 banner into the final days play of the Seniors Championships but came close to making an exit in the second round when standing 20-19 down to Tom Simpson of Chryston. Such a threat had seemed unlikely when Melrose picked up strongly from 12-11 down to cross 19-14 with a purple patch spell of 1, 2, 1, (2) 3, 1 but the pressures on him built up as Simpson hit the front with a 2, 3, 1 fightback. Simpson had been catching his opponent out with his use of a short mat tactic and he continued to ask the same questions on end 22 but Melrose came up with the perfect answer in the shape of carding a double to win 21-20. Melrose returned to the arena some six hours later to face third round opponent Hugh Smith of Stonehouse and excited his support with a strong performance that he capped with grandstand type finish of 2, 3, 2 to clinch a 21-10 victory in 18-ends. “I felt I could have the measure of Hugh when I carded a good three to lead 13-7 and when faced with a touch of pressure at 14-10 I foud the perfect response” said Melrose later.
Edinburgh stared the day with two challengers in the Seniors Singles but that was quickly reduced to one when Roddy Watson of Dean and District 14 failed to shine in his usual manner and was polished off, 21-11 by Willie McCallum of nearby Troon in 20-ends.
The fates weren’t to be all in Sighthills favour however as the club suffered a major disappointment with the second round exit in the Mixed Pairs of defending champions Mary Price and her grandson John McDermott who crashed 16-7 to Gail Notman and Hugh Smith of Stonehouse.
There is much still to like however about the prospects of East Lothian challengers Dee Hoggan and John McCrorie who beat Polmaise 25-11 then Wigtown, 23-7.
Colinton ladies showed great promise with a 21=6 win over Gourock Park but the rink of Pat Pryde, Ann Matthew, Sandra Slater, and Cathy Stark made a 16-9 exit to Westhill of Aberdeenshire.
Polton, Buchan Park, and Gullane suffered second round defeat but Winchburgh and Kirkhill both won twice to create a semi final clash in the Gents Seniors Fours.