Carrick Knowe to face Maitland in Edinburgh Cup final

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Carrick Knowe are through to the final of the Specsavers-sponsored Edinburgh Cup, where they will face Maitland.

Carrick Knowe, who joined the Edinburgh Bowling League at the start of the 2015 season from the Water of Leith League, romped to a 10-2 victory over Hillside in the semi-finals.

Hillside, founder members of the EBL in 1996 and yet to reach a final of the Cup, were pitching their status as a Division 1 club against the runaway leaders of Division 4.

And Carrick Knowe showed their hunger to capture top-flight scalps with strong home wins on the rinks skipped by Darren Hush, James Hogg and Johnny Priestley.

The away leg saw them suffer a setback on the rink skipped by Stephen Pringle but that was the only blip with Paul O’Donnell and John Ramsay comfortably overpowering their respective opponents.

Hush roared into an 11-2 lead but was closed to 11-7 before skipping Andy Beath, Keith Elder and Kevin Tennant on a run of 4, 1, 1, 2, 6, 2 that crushed Dougie Robinson 28-7. Hogg sparked his rink into instant action with an explosive count of 6 on the first end then skipped Ray Smith, Trevor MacDonald and Graham Pringle to a 26-10 blitz of Hillside’s BJ Smith.

Priestley also carded a super 6 but his came on end ten to skip Ralph Brand, Allan Shanney and Craig Aitken into a whopping 21-3 lead although his 23-18 win was clouded by the loss of a 5 and a 6 to Alex Littlejohn.

Hillside managed to win on one of their home-leg clashes with Colin Bell kicking on from 11-9 to skip Phil Harper, John Newall and Peter Brown to a 19-11 win over Rab Hush, Colin Tough, Bob Mitchell and Pringle.

But O’Donnell was on song to keep the pressure on Hillside by skipping Cameron Tennant, Ray Smith and Colin Spence to a 25-13 win over Steve Cormack having hit high notes from 14-12 on.

John Ramsay accelerated in a 14-6 comfort zone with a purple patch run of 3, 4, 3 then skipped Chris Crawford, Andy McIntyre and Alan Poole to a 21-10 win over Kevin Moncur.

In the other semi-final, Maitland of Division 1 were boosted by home wins on the rinks skipped by Jimmy McFarlane (30-12) and Gary Stout (17-14) that contributed to an 8-4 victory over Division 5 leaders Sighthill.