sparks are set to fly in the upcoming third round of the Singles discipline of the Edinburgh Bowling League Knockout Championships, sponsored by Buyrite Bathrooms, with a clash between top contenders Daniel Gormley of Craigentinny and David Fisher of Colinton.
Gormley’s title hopes were in danger in the previous round when 20-16 down at Colinton to Corstorphine challenger Jim Conner. The escape hatch remained open with a magic count of 3 to 19 then he answered the intense pressure with successive singles to 21 – bringing the curtain down on a 25-end humdinger of a tie.
Fisher knew he would have his hands full against Andy McNab of Tanfield but stamped his mark on his opponent when breaking from 7-7 to 16-7 with a run of 2, 4, 1 ,2 at Hillside. Fisher moved ahead at 19-12 but McNab came back with a run of 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 to 18 before the Colinton ace took a double to 21 on end 22.
Mark Hewitt carries the Whitehouse & Grange banner into the third round having come out on top in his 18-end battle with Ian Neil of Ardmillan at Craigentinny. It was 12-12 after 11 ends then Hewitt made good space to 17. Neil was still in with a fighting chance at 18-16 down but Hewitt delivered the coup de grace with a mighty count of three to 21.
The shock result of the round was delivered by Colin Jones of Queensberry at Jessfield where he raced into a 13-3 lead then traded well on the margin to end up beating two-time champion Colin Hairs of Hillside 21-13 in 24 ends.
Donald Brown of Merchiston delivered a fine performance to finish the stronger in a 21-13 win over David Pinkney of Brunstane in 21 ends at London Road Foundry. The opposition to Brown in round three comes in the shape of Willowbrae ace Craig Duffus, who eliminated Liberton’s former Tait Trophy finalist, George Blaikie, 21-12 at Northern.
Alan Trotter made a strong forward move from 3-4 to 15-4 with a run of 2, 2, 4, 4 and went on to score a 21-9 victory in 18 ends over John Arnott of Coltbridge at Leith.
Graham Flight’s battle against Alan Muir of Goldenacre at Postal was a thrilling 23-end encounter that saw the Dudley challenger 15-6 down before snatching a superb 21-20 victory.