Duffus takes Singles title after dramatic EBL final

Craig Duffus, left, receives his trophy from Stephen Derighetti of sponsors Buyrite Bathrooms
Craig Duffus, left, receives his trophy from Stephen Derighetti of sponsors Buyrite Bathrooms
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WILLOWBRAE’S Craig Duffus claimed the Singles title in the Buyrite Bathrooms-sponsored knockout championships of the Edinburgh Bowling League.

Duffus, 28, beat David Fisher of Colinton 21-20 in a dramatic and tense final at Summerside.

Willowbrae's EBL Seniors Fours winners Bert Munro, Jim Cassels, Ian Paterson, George Wood

Willowbrae's EBL Seniors Fours winners Bert Munro, Jim Cassels, Ian Paterson, George Wood

Duffus, a three-times club champion, trailed his opponent – a six-times club kingpin and E&L captain in this season’s Hamilton Trophy – 10-4 after six ends.

“Summerside runs faster than Willowbrae and I was finding it difficult to find a consistency of good weight in the early stages,” admitted Duffus.

But he suddenly came good in the shape of a stunning six-end spell that saw him card 2, 3, (2), 4, 1, 2, and accelerated him into a 16-12 lead.

Fisher hit back with a three to 15 before Duffus got back on track with a single to 17.

But the experienced Fisher conjured up a magic run of 1, 1, 2, 1 that took him to the brink of a title victory at 20-17.

However, end 19 turned out to be a nightmare for Fisher and a dream for Duffus as his stunning four shots clinched a spectacular victory.

Fisher had been a touch unlucky in his build-up play, resulting in Duffus holding three excellent shots with one bowl to play. The Willowbrae man found nerves of steel just when he needed them and, with a two-foot margin to work in, brilliantly added shot No.4.

Meanwhile, the Seniors Fours made it a double for Willowbrae as George Wood skipped Bert Munro, Jim Cassels and current club champion Ian Paterson to a handsome 17-8 title victory over Parkside.

The game-changing moments came in a three-end period that yielded counts of 2, 3, 2 and pushed Willowbrae into a 15-5 lead over Tom Hogg, Jack Logan, David Moran and Martin Quinn.