Brunstane move into third in Alpha Trophies EBL

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Brunstane’s 7-2 win at home to third placed Maitland is a terrific result for a team making its debut in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League and it augurs well for their prospects of survival in the top flight.

The points tally from a third fixture win in five, added to picking up valuable points in their two defeats has pushed them into third place behind EBL royalty in Craigentinny and Parkside.

Postal, the other promoted team, are struggling and the club that came up as Division 2 champions have been cast further adrift at the foot of the table by their not unexpected 9-0 defeat at Craigentinny.

Craigentinny – chasing a record extending ninth title triumph – increased their domination at the top of the table to eight points over chief rivals Parkside whose challenge was damaged by a less than inspiring 5-4 win at home to Hillside.

Hillside – not for the first time in recent years – are already fighting for their life but will be well enough pleased with a result that retains hope of an escape from the relegation trap at least being possible.

Tanfield’s 6-3 win at home to Northern moves the six times champions into mid-table but the result brings their visitors into a third from bottom that will be of concern to them.

The action in Division 2 saw Queensberry produce a strong performance to thrash their West End visitors, 8-1, but the former Division club is being hard pressed at the top of the table by Summerside rivals that trounced Leith 9-0 away from home.

There is a distance of some 14 shots though between the top two and third placed Wardie whose 7-2 win at home to foot of the table Mayfield gives them a slight edge over former Division 1 giants Pilrig, who dwarfed their Willowbrae visitors, 7-2.

Carrick Knowe have taken longer than was imaged to be the pacesetters in Division 3. However, a 9-0 away win at Dudley has accelerated them into the driving seat and they now hold a 3½ point lead over a Corstorphine team shared the spoils 4½-4½ on their visit to Seafield.