Bonnyrigg win Inter County Top Ten title

Say Cheese: The Bonnyrigg squad that beat Kirkliston
Say Cheese: The Bonnyrigg squad that beat Kirkliston
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Bonnyrigg emulated their 2009 success when the champions of Midlothian captured The Co-operative Funeralcare Inter County Top Ten Title with victory over Kirkliston at Colinton.

The final went down to the wire and was decided on shot margin (+4) after a 4-4 share of the points, with Bonnyrigg successful in the Singles and Pairs.

Kirkliston came into the final after a hard-fought 6-2 win over West Barns of East Lothian in the morning semi-finals and the West Lothian champions were considered paper favourites with four current and two former caps in their ranks.

And ‘The Cheesetown Boys’ had already etched the Kirkliston name on the coveted trophy a record four times having been successful in 1989, 2001, 2011, and 2012.

Bonnyrigg beat Hyndland of Glasgow 6-2 in the last four and were mentally well prepared.

Their Pairs partnership of Calum Redpath and John Stevenson produced a heroic performance to win 21-9 and crush Commonwealth Games select Neil Speirs and his international partner Steven Forrest.

Speirs and Forrest failed to limit the damage done to the Kirkliston cause and that became a crucial factor as it followed the dramatic defeat of Raymond Logan from Ronnie Duncan in a humdinger of a 22-end Singles clash.

Peels were called at 16 in the Singles then Duncan came under pressure at 19-17 down but raised the temperature across the whole green with counts of 2 and 1 to stand on the brink of victory at 20-19. Logan edged a single to 20-20 then opted to take a bold gamble.

The vastly experienced Kirkliston spearhead opted for a short mat and full length jack with the aim of going for a spectacular ditcher – a stroke within his compass – but his first and second bowls went wide of their target – and it wasn’t to be his moment.

Duncan grabbed the opportunity to nestle a brilliant delivery awkwardly behind the jack and it survived to be a match-winner. “Time stood still for us all on and around the green as we new that if Ray sunk the jack into the ditch it was a likely title winner for Kirkliston so him missing and Ronnie winning was a major moment,” said Pearson.

Bonnyrigg did face an anxious time at 17-6 down to Grant Logan in the Fours, but Scott Lees, Scott Matthews, Lindsay Plenderleith and Tam Russell made a big contribution by reducing the damage to an 18-13 defeat.

Kirkliston, under Calum Logan, burnt the last end of the Triples twice in an effort to card what would be a title winning six but only managed a single in their 14-10 win over Neil Linton, Jamie Hanlan and Kevin McDougall.