Double EBL title joy for Willowbrae

Willowbrae's Paul Archibald. The Willowbrae Triples of Richard and Pat Dall, and Richard Dimelow, below.
Willowbrae's Paul Archibald. The Willowbrae Triples of Richard and Pat Dall, and Richard Dimelow, below.
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Willowbrae captured two titles in the finals of the ABT Machine Tools Knockout Championships of The Edinburgh Bowling League at Parkside, the first of which was landed by teenager Paul Archibald in the Junior Singles.

It was a first title success for Willowbrae in the Junior Singles and the first major triumph for 17-year-old Archibald who is a pupil at Holyrood High School.

Archibald was the underdog against Murray Baillie of West End but the Willowbrae challenger produced a strong performance to win 21-9 in 15 ends.

“I was at the finals supporting my club Corstorphine in the Pairs and was impressed by what I saw of Paul playing extremely well to upset the odds against an opponent who is a star of our national championship winning team,” said ELBA convener Bernie Callaghan.

Baillie made an impressive start to the final having reeled off a hat-trick of twos to lead 6-3 but Archibald showed good composure to level 7-7 after seven ends then broke the deadlock with counts of 3, 2, 1 to stand 13-7 up.

A two for Baillie halted Archibald’s impressive run but the blip was temporary with the teenager reaching 21 with a run of 1, 3, 3, 1.

“I understood that Murray was the favourite to win in most people’s eyes so resolved to play with 100 per cent concentration and determination. I am thrilled to bits,” reflected Archibald.

The second title victory for Willowbrae was delivered in fine style by the Dall brothers, Richard and Pat, with Richard Dimelow in the Triples having shrugged off the troublesome loss of a five to score a 17-9 win over Wardie.

The Wardie trio of Eric Brown, Brian Combe and Alan Nichol carded a single at the opening end but spent the rest of the final against the collar with Willowbrae soon embarking on a purple-patch run of 3, 1, 2, 1 that accelerated them into an 11-2 lead.

A loss of five at the next rocked Willowbrae but Pat recovered with successive counts of three.

Willowbrae, established 1910, entertained hopes of celebrating a hat-trick of title wins with the rink of Colin Moffatt, James Smith, Stuart Pendrich and Scott Whigham contesting the Fours against Leith.

And the future looked bright as Whigham and Co added 2, 1, 2 to stretch into an 11-7 lead over Mike McBrierty, Graham Ward, Eddie Thompson and Drew Dodds after 11 ends.

Singles were traded to 12-8 then Leith reached 11 entering the penultimate end where a count of five to cross 16-12 proved to be a game-changer. Willowbrae managed to card a single at the last but Leith retained the title 16-13.