Maitland enjoy an occasional flirt with the headline news coming out of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League and the fair to middling Division 1 club have captured their first of the 2016 campaign with a 9-0 demolition of emerging title contenders TanfieldRead More
Tanfield entered Wednesday night’s fifth round of fixtures in second place and with home green advantage against lower placed Maitland confidently expected a result that sustained the pressure on defending champions Parkside. “We are still trying to work out what went wrong but the simple explanation is that Maitland fought like tigers and savaged us with an extra-ordinary away performance”, said a spokesman for Tanfield. Gary Stout set the scene for the visitors, springing into life at 8-7 down to skip Ryan Taylor, Stuart Clark, and Stevie Ritchie to a 21-13 win over Andy McNab having produced a powerful run of 3, 2, 4, 1, 1, 3 that accelerated them into a 21-8 lead.
Brian Higgins generated early excitement that included a super count of six as he skipped Peter Morris, Falconer Mitchell, and Andy Sharp into a 14-2 lead over Robert White then held of a late challenge to win 20-17. Alan Trotter kicked on from 12-8 to skip George Trotter, Ross Barclay, and Jim Robertson into a 17-8 comfort zone then could even afford the loss of a six at the last and clinch a 17-15 win over Mal Higgenbotham. Graeme McIntosh elected to do the hard way, fighting back from 3-10 to 9-12 then conjuring up a magic 3, 1, 1 finish to skip Will Clark, Graham Duff, and Mark McIntosh (son) to a 14-12 win over Stuart Campbell.
Maitland are now sitting in the lofty position of second top and just three points adrift of a Parkside team that found Hillside a tough place to visit and were well enough pleased to come away with a 5-4 victory. The outcome on all four rinks was close calls and it was a single shot margin (58-57) that earned the bonus point for Parkside. Paul Veitch produced a 1, 2, 3 finish to snatch an 18-16 win over BJ Smith while the visitors other win saw Robert Donaldson edge back from 4-10 to beat Brian Irving, 14-12. Last end drama in favour of Hillside saw Colin Hairs card a double to pip Neil Watson, 14-13 while a single for Colin Bell saw him clinch a 15-13 win over Kevin Boyd.
Craigentinny’s 7-2 win at Pilrig saw Andrew Jeffrey power to a 24-6 win that was supported by Daniel Gormley (19-10), and Andy Caldwell (20-18) while Scott Rogers lost 14-12 to Euan Craig.
Northern won 5-4 at home to Queensberry having earned the bonus point with a 63-50 aggregate.