Bowls: Carrick Knowe into Top Five semi-finals

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CARRICK KNOWE have made it through the final of the E&L Top Five Singles having survived a tough semi-final challenge to beat Maitland 3-2 at Colinton.

Wins for James Hogg, Richard Tough and Colin Mitchell tipped the scaleS with Maitland kept in the picture by wins for Gary Stout and Graeme McIntosh. Hogg inspired the Colinton effort with A super-charged display that destroyed Alan Flockhart 21-5 in 14 ends, having whipped up a whirlwind finish of 3, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3.

Tough made it even tougher for Maitland as he moved off the graveyard figure of 13 with a double to 15-15, then answered pressure at 15-17 with a grandstand finish of 3, 2, 1 to beat Alan Sharp 21-17 in 20 ends.

Maitland kept their hopes alive with a bold display from Gary Stout, who had been mostly against the collar but, from 15-16, HE exploded to 21 with a run of 2, 1, 2, 1 to beat Darren Hush.

The last two finishes were almost simultaneous but Mitchell just got their first to clinch the match with a 21-15 win over Alan Trotter thereby avoiding the pressures had Graeme McIntosh’s 21-17 victory over Paul O’Donnell come ahead of him.