Saturdays EBL showcase final of The Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Specsavers of Shandwick Place and North Bridge pitches six times champions Craigentinny against twice finalists, Northern, in a head to head battle at Queensberry.Read More
Both clubs parade their skills in the intense Division 1 spotlight of The Edinburgh Bowling League and the four rink form of that is heavily in favour of Craigentinny etching their name on the coveted silverware of The Cup for a magnificent seventh time. However the six- rink format of The Cup can bring other factors into play and although Northern will still be considered Underdogs their hunger for success will drive and inspire their appetite for making it third time lucky.
Northerns first taste of an Edinburgh Cup final was in 2009 against defending champions Tanfield and in a dramatic and traumatic climax they were denied the glory by a killer of a last bowl of the match draw. We then played second best to Craigentinny in 2014 so reaching a third final of this ultra competitive event marks us out as a force to be reckoned with and our attitude going up against the top dogs of the EBL is both positive and fired up said spokesman Jamie Reid. Northern plan to line up as follows. Rink 1. Kenny Lawrence, Dave Smith, Grant Young (cpt), and Roy Campbell. Rink 2. Craig Snodgrass, James Watson, Jim Bathgate, and James Barr. Rink 3. Jim Martin, Robert Lee, George Prentice, and Mike Burns. Rink 4. Garry Harrison, Larry Sorrell, Gordon Wilson Snr, and Gordon Wilson Jnr. Rink 5. Jim McKenna, Alan Mitchell, Darren Prentice, and Jamie Reid. Rink 6. Alan Ross, Walter Murray, Andy Reid, and John Urquhart.
Craigentinny are strongly on course to capturing the EBL Division 1 crown for a record extending ninth time and clinching a League and Cup double would make the 2017 season yet another remarkable one in a glorious history. Club president Stuart Betts is gutted to be missing from the occasion having starred in a Cup run that included the scalps of holders Carrick Knowe, former Water of Leith giants, Sighthill, and twice winners Parkside. Big Guns Gary Nisbet and Scott Rogers are also absentees in a line up that reads; Rink 1. Grant McLaren, Ronnie Douglas, Gary Muir, and Andrew Jeffrey. Rink 2 Graeme Cook, Stuart McFarlane, Craig McCall, and Kevin McFarlane. Rink 3. Bill Leslie, Malcolm Milne, Davy Brown, and Ian Paterson. Rink 4. Grant Rogers, Liam Gordon, Josh Spalding, and Andy Caldwell. Rink 5. Kevin Hunter, Kenny Watling, Gordon Bold, and Willie McDonald. Rink 6. Scott Duncan, Alex Noble, Darren Smith, and Danny Gormley.