A pre-match climb down compromise by the under siege management committee of The Edinburgh & Leith Bowling Association was rewarded by a first campaign victory with the players delivering a seven shot win (120 – 113) over Fife County at Cupar in fixture number three of the Hamilton Trophy.Read More
A serious group tete-a tete resulted in the players persuading their officials to revert largely to the original shape of the line up they had rejected when presented to them by then manager Graham Pringle. 9 (Who resigned as a consequence) It is then a credit to the mental toughness of the players that they coped with the upsets and pressures of the controversial build up to capture the honours in a battle that was hard fought on away territory.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Paul O这onnell, James Hogg, Paul Veitch, and team captain David Fisher carved out a combined supremacy that fended off the dangers and menace posed by the defeat of John McDermott and Darren Hush. The opening exchanges across the six rinks were ding-dong in nature but in terms of generating an aura of self confidence it was encouraging to E&L that they edged the first seven-end phase, 41-37, not a lot but enough to promote a feel good factor.
The uplift in mood was reflected by a strong middle phase performance that was driven by O这onnell (10-3), Hogg (12-5),Veitch (9-3), as the main contributors to a 48-33 domination of the home opposition. Fife did put up a better show in the final phase; but it was mostly down to the 12-2 punishment of John McDermott that they squeezed the margin of the E&L match victory with a 43-31 fight back.
Paul O’Donnell and his rink of Graham Eddington, Tam Ebbs, and Craig Paterson were being hard held ain a 10-10 deadlock after nine ends; but broke free with a telling run of 2, 3, 1, 1 to 17 then looked to have chucked it when crossed 18-17 by the loss of 2, 1, 1, 4 to Robert Page. The need for that dark cloud to have a silver lining was answered in spectacular style with O’ Donnell and Co storming to a 27-18 win with a whirlwind finish of 4, 1, 4, 1.
Hogg skipped John Ramsay, Gordon Wilson Jnr, and Neil Watson into a 19-4 lead with a purple patch run of 1, 4, 3, 2, 2 then traded well in the comfort zone to beat Alan Pearson, 24-15. Veitch battled on from 14-10 to beat Raymond White, 19-17, while Fisher finished 1, 1, 1 to pip David Comrie, 23-22. Hush and his front-three of Liam McKay, Andy McNab, and Stephen Pringle were outgunned 23-13 by Bruce Doig while McDermott collapsed to an 18-14 defeat having led Scott Bone, 13-6.