Junior Scotland cap Daniel Gormley lined up as paper favourite to capture the Under 25 Singles crown in the finals of the Buyrite Bathrooms sponsored Knockout Championships of the Edinburgh Bowling League staged at Tanfield, and the Craigentinny star delivered the goods in exciting style.Read More
Gormley played a blinder to score a 21-16 victory in 22-ends over the less experienced Jamie Ronaldson of Sighthill; but the underdog made the pathway to victory a tough one before biting the dust as the victim of his opponent’s stronger finish. Ronaldson showed up well in the opening exchanges and his run of 1, 1, 1, 2, 2 to cross 12-9 should have been a confidence booster however Gormley answered that menace with a brilliant game-changing reply of 3, 3 that regained him the initiative at 15-12.
Gormley was then pressed by the loss of a double (15-14) and remained so at 17-15 but inspired by sight of the winning line he showed cool composure to turn the screw with a hat trick of singles to have Ronaldson firmly in his 20-15 grip. End 21 saw Ronaldson keep his now slender hopes alive with a single to 16 but his bold efforts ran out of opportunity when Gormley triggered the victory salute with a title clinching single to 21.
Brunstane first captured the Pairs title in 2008 and the gleaming trophy is back in the showcase for a second time with high profile figure Chris Steven skipping Jamie Gunn to a 20-15 win over Sighthill duo Graeme Eddington and Scott Lyle. Steven – a national pairs champion in 2012 – comes out of the shadows of the sport from time to time and it looked unlikely to be on this occasion when Brunstane faced a 10-5 deficit after seven ends. But the magic touch emerged in the shape of a purple patch run of 1, 6, 2, 1, 1, that transformed the landscape in their 16-10 favour however a 2, 2, 1 reply from Sighthill put the outcome was back in the melting pot, at 16-15, with two ends to play. The situation called for a sizzling finish and it was Gunn and Steven that turned up the heat with a double at end 16 and encored that with another double at the last.
Malcolm Weir delivered the first EBL Knockout title to Whitehouse and Grange in last seasons finals and the 52 year old served up an immediate repeat in the Triples by skipping Grahame Miller and Fraser Milligan to runaway win over London Road Foundry. W&G – with Miller in for Calum Weir – hit the ground running to lead 7-0 after two ends then zipped to 10-2 before stitching up the luckless Craig Mackintosh, Scott Mackintosh, and Graeme Todd Jnr, 21-4.