Alex Hurry beats Keith Gellaitry to National Finals

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Alex Hurry Jnr is through to the District 15 Singles finals at the Scottish Championships at Ayr Northfield.

The Parkside bowling club member booked his passage to Ayr at the 21-10 expense of West End’s Keith Gellaitry at Balerno, taking 17 ends.

It will be the 37-year-old’s second finals appearance. The former Edinburgh Open champion produced a strong performance in his 2004 visit losing 21-17 in the semi-finals to eventual winner Paul Foster.

Parkside have experience of reaching the winner’s enclosure with Robert Donaldson capturing the Junior Singles title in 1998.

Hurry’s win over 49-year-old Gellaitry was signalled in the early stages by a flying start of 1, 4, (1), 2, 2, 1, 1 to lead 11-1 but West End’s 150th Anniversary champion rallied boldly to eight with a promising run of 4, 1, 2.

Gellaitry then lost ground to trail 15-8 but a hold of three at the next looked promising until his overbold effort to add a fourth was punished cruelly by a slice on the jack that gifted Hurry a two to 17.

It is to Gellaitry’s credit that he recovered from that blow to card a couple of singles to ten but Hurry was always in command and proceeded to hit 21 with a 2, 2 finish.

“My dad won the Scottish Triples title in 1990 with Willie Dyet and Tattie Marshall for Gorgie Mills and that, in tandem with him and my five-month son Declan being present at my games serves as my inspiration,” said Hurry.

Gellaitry said: “It has been a great thrill to carry the West End banner into the district final but a player of Alex’s quality can’t be given a head start and his tactical ploy of employing various jack and mat lengths was a winning strategy – I hope he goes all the way.”

Stephen Pringle’s potential as a star of the future was highlighted some years ago and the career of 21-year-old from Carrick Knowe continues to blossom with his second Junior Singles title at District level.

Pringle, who is a regular in the E&L Hamilton Trophy team, was under pressure at 9-5 down to Robert Ewing of Gorgie Mills but answered with an eight-end run to 17 then clinched a 21-10 victory with a 3, 1 finish.

Carrick Knowe were favourites in the Pairs where Graham Pringle and James Hogg faced Dean Thomson and Davy Greig of Gorgie Mills, but they trailed all the way in a 17-11 defeat. Gorgie Mills’ Triple of Scott Purvis, Archie Priestley and Keven Jamieson lost a 9-1 lead to suffer an 18-9 defeat from Liam Randall, Dale Randall and Ross Thomson of Mayfield.

Bainfield won the Fours with Craig Paterson skipping Stuart Clark, David McNair and Steven Pilley to a 19-6 win over the Sighthill rink of Ross Moodie, Les Ronaldson, Graeme Eddington and Stuart Isbister.