Bowls: Craigentinny move 11 points clear at top

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Craigentinny dropped three points at relegation-zoned Summerside last night but the defending Division 1 champions of the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League are happy with the six they picked up.

“We picked up three points from a peel and a single shot-victory that could have gone against us and the bonus point came our way by virtue of a narrow five-shot margin so the final result could easily have been 7-2 against us,” said team captain Grant McLaren.

Craigentinny now sit 11 points clear of chief rivals Parkside whose home match against Tanfield was postponed. Parkside need a big result to narrow the gap when they tackle Tanfield a week on Monday.

Queensberry might have hoped for a better home result than their 4½-4½ share with foot-of-the-table Pilrig but Northern are not overly threatened by their 7-2 defeat at home to top-three visitors Hillside.

Standings: Craigentinny 76, Hillside 67, Parkside 65, Northern 56, Queenberry 54, Tanfield 49, Summerside 47, Pilrig 44.

Wins for the Craigentinny rinks skipped by Andy Jeffrey and Andy Caldwell were supported by a peel for Willie McDonald, against Jim Currie, while Davy Poole delivered a home win for Summerside.

Jeffrey took a late 18-12 lead and he skipped Craig McCall, Stuart Betts and Gordon Bold to an 18-13 win over Mark Robertson. Caldwell skipped Grant McLaren, Bill Leslie and Daniel Gormley to an 18-17 win over Keith Taylor.

McDonald and his rink of Josh Spalding, Scott Duncan and David Brown were 18-12 down but rescued a peel against Kerr McKail, Grant Abercombie, Peter Mille and Currie. Poole skipped Alfie King, Malky Newlands and Andy Sneddon to a 17-16 win over Kevin Hunter, David Torrance, Gary Nisbet and Kevin McFarlane.

At Queensberry, the home club held to a peel on two rinks and the match aggregate by Pilrig. Colin Jones skipped Brian Larkin, Gordon Preston and Jimmy McDougall to a 14-14 share with Gavin Rogers, Ken Paterson, Alan Tregning and Chris Steven. John Kidd and his rink of Mick Imrie Snr, Derek Jempson and Paul Kirkland had a 17-17 share with Matthew Craig, Alan Russell, Graeme Gow and Darren McKenny.

Frank O’Reilly enjoyed a 17-14 win over Euan Craig while Gavin Smith, for the visitors, beat Brian Pollard 19-16.

Rink scores at Northern: Gordon Wilson Snr 12 BJ Smith 17; Gordon Wilson Jnr 12 Gary Muir 17; Stan Christie 13 Colin Hairs 17; Ian Miller 16 Colin Bell 12.