Craigentinny claim place in Top Ten final by narrowest of margins

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Craigentinny made the final of the Edinburgh Top Ten Championship by the skin of their teeth after beating Northern in a match decided by the tie-breaking result in the Singles at Postal.

Wins in the Singles and Triples for Craigentinny were countered by Northern triumphs in the Pairs and Four thereby bringing shot aggregate into play.

Scott Rogers emerged the hero figure for Craigentinny in the Singles with his 21-16 win over Gordon Wilson Jnr doubling up as the match-winning decider after the regulation time scores ended 4-4 on points and 65-65 on shot aggregate.

The real drama, however, came in the closing moments of the Triples where the Craigentinny trio of Kevin Hunter, Willie McDonald and Daniel Gormley were set to deliver the win points at 15-8 up with two ends to play.

Both camps knew that shot aggregate was destined to be the first ‘match decider’ and, with the spotlight now on the Triples, the losing Northern trio of Darren Prentice, Andy Reid, and James Barr were still holding the whip hand.

Barr and Co were defending a match-winning advantage of four shots but saw Gormley skip his front two to a spectacular 1, 3 finish and 19-8 victory that left the shot aggregate all square.

The Singles was first to finish and Rogers made the first significant break when a run of 3, 1, 3, accelerated him into a 13-5 lead. When Wilson menaced at 18-16, the Craigentinny spearhead conjured up a magic count of 3 to 21 on the 24th end.

Having carded a mighty five on the opening end of the Fours, the Northern rink of Garry Harrison, Gordon Wilson Snr, Jamie Reid and Ian Miller were inspired to a 17-13 win over Craig McCall, Ian Paterson, Gordon Bold and Andrew Jeffrey.

Jeffrey and Co did, however, produce a 1, 4 finish that in the final countdown would become a significant contributor to the club’s shot-aggregate lifesaver.

Northern also served up a high-octane performance in the Pairs with Larry Sorrell and David Scott including a super six and two fours as they rocketed to a 24-12 win over Josh Spalding and Andy Caldwell.

But, with nine last-end shots conceded over the Pairs (2), Triples (3), Fours (4), Northern were left to rue a big chance missed.