Colin Hairs is Edinburgh Bowling League champion

Colin Hairs of Hillside, in white shirt, is the 2013 Singles Champion of The Edinburgh Bowling League. John Newall, President of the EBL, is on the left as you look wihile the sponsor, holding the cup, is on the right.

Colin Hairs of Hillside, in white shirt, is the 2013 Singles Champion of The Edinburgh Bowling League. John Newall, President of the EBL, is on the left as you look wihile the sponsor, holding the cup, is on the right.

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Colin Hairs of Hillside is the 2013 Singles champion of The Edinburgh Bowling League after the 38-year-old secured a commanding 21-7 victory at his home rink over George Kirk in the finals of the ABT Machine Tools-sponsored Knockout Championships.

Kirk came into the final as a firm favourite to capture the title for Blackhall with the CV of the stalwart of Edinburgh & Leith’s recent Hamilton Trophy triumph including five previous title wins in the EBL Knockouts.

But Hairs proved to be undaunted by the form of his illustrious opponent and produced a brilliantly steady performance to overwhelm 29-year-old Kirk in 17 ends.

“I have operated below the radar since those heady days of 2000 but you do hanker for a return to the headline banners and this final against George offered me that opportunity and I was focused on grabbing it,” said Hairs.

Hairs blew Kirk away in the early stages of the final, making a whirlwind start of 1, 2, 2, 3 to stand 8-0 up then storming into a 13-2 lead after nine ends.

Hairs already had Kirk at his mercy at 14-6 when adding to his opponent’s misery with a run of 3, 1, 2 that accelerated him to 20 and, two ends later, he triggered the triumphant title winning salute with a single to 21.