Bainfield’s battle to stay clear of the dreaded relegation zone in the B section of the gents indoor bowls premier league took on a brighter complexion with the Edinburgh Elite from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium scoring a 75-69 win at home to Aberdeen.
Far travelled Aberdeen arrived in the capital city sharing the same second bottom wrung as Bainfield so a must win game for both set the scene for an epic confrontation that was tenaciously fought out on a knife-edge. “The climax to the match was heart-in-the-mouth stuff with the nervous tensions at maximum height and it came as a huge relief when our rinks skipped by Craig Paterson and Robert Marshall each carded a three on their final end”, reflected player-manager Gavin Smith.
Aberdeen had added to the closing drama by pinching a three off the rink skipped by James Hogg and a single off Smith while a time clock issue meant Marshall only completed 18 of his 21 ends and Smith 19. Bainfield actually held the edge on all three of the match phases but only marginally so with the analysis showing 25-24, 29-26, and 21-19 in the home sides favour. “Our win ratio has now improved to three wins out of six for us and moves us two points clear of Aberdeen and four ahead of Abbeyview while we sit equal with Ayr, two adrift of East Lothian and four short of leaders Falkirk”, informed Smith.
Paterson made the major contribution to the Bainfield effort, adding a plus of nine shots as he skipped Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, and Daniel Gormley to a 23-14 win over E Gillan. The home rink had managed to pressure their opponents with three three end runs of 3, 3, 2 then 1, 2, 2 followed by gold plated finish of 1, 1, 3.
Marshall answered pressure at 10-7 down with exiting counts of three and four that doubled his score to 14 then at 16-13 thrilled the home support with a 1, 3 finish to skip Graeme McIntosh, Steven Pilley, and Kevin Tennant to a 20-13 win over G Forbes.
Hogg dropped a five to trail 9-5 then looked to be in trouble at 11-17 but skipped Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, and John McDermott to a revival run of 2, 2, 2, 1 to hit the front before piped 20-18 on the line by Kevin Pirie. Smith skipped Josh Spalding, Steven Rennie, and Colin Hutchison into a 13-8 lead but a 14-1 collapse that followed cost them a 22-14 defeat from Mike Stephen.