Bowls: Parkside aim to maintain EBL title push

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Parkside’s seven-and-a-half point advantage over two-in-row defending champions Craigentinny is a healthy one but. with six fixtures remaining in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League, the leaders will be mindful of their rivals’ reputation as strong finishers.

Seven-times winners Craigentinny travel to bottom outfit Leith tonight while Parkside host fourth-placed Northern with Kevin Boyd back in place of Ewan Diven. In an interesting positional selection, they help tune up Alex Hurry’s bid for the Singles glory at the national championship by playing him at lead.

Parkside:

Rink 1: Craig Boyce, Davie Moran, Andy Hargan, Neil Watson.

Rink 2: Alex Hurry, Dave Sherriffs, Danny Jackson, Robert Donaldson.

Rink 3: Graeme Fraser, Ian Fleming, Brian Saalvona, Paul Veitch.

Rink 4: Steven Rennie, Kevin Boyd, Willie Watson, Derek Smith.

Queensberry continue to go great guns with last week’s 8-1 win away at Leith pushing them into third place and tonight’s home match against third-from-bottom Hillside presents an opportunity to widen the gap back to fourth-placed Northern.

Holiday absences are covered by the return of Stewart Stevens to play second to Brian Pollard and Paul Dickson to play lead to Scott Walker. The other two home skips are Frank O’Reilly and John Kidd.

Maitland were good 6-3 winners at Hillside last week and a win at home to relegation-zoned Summerside is on the cards.