E&L manager Pringle quits after committee changes his team

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The Capital bowling scene has been rocked by the resignation of Graham Pringle as manager of the Edinburgh & Leith BA Hamilton Trophy team after just two games in the hotseat.

Pringle feels his hand was forced after the Management Committee that appointed him took it upon themselves to change his selected line-up for Saturday’s Cities and Counties match against Fife at Cupar.

Having to cope with the pressures of losing his two opening games, Pringle was also wrestling with the unavailability of four players for today’s match. With that in mind, he had delayed naming his line-up to give out-of-sorts icon figure Robert Marshall as much time as possible to get match fit.

When it became clear Marshall wouldn’t be available for selection, Pringle consulted his skips before submitting his team to the E&L hierarchy. That line-up was subsequently rejected by his E&L bosses and, as a result, Pringle quit his position as team manager.

The tension between players and committee is not helped by the widely-held view that the previous manager Willie Watson – whose record included reaching two finals and winning one – made his exit in similar circumstances.

E&L secretary Colin Nichol was unavailable for comment.

How the bowlers react when they arrive at Cupar on Saturday remains to be seen but, as things stand, the team will line up as follows:

Rink 1: Kevin Tennant, Gordon Wilson Jnr, Neil Watson, James Hogg.

Rink 2: Lewis Betts, Ross Thomson, Jamie Gracie, David Fisher.

Rink 3: Euan Craig, Andy McNab, Stephen Pringle, Paul Veitch.

Rink 4: Liam McKay. Gordon Bold, Alan Brown, Darren Hush.

Rink 5: Graham Eddington, Tam Ebbs, Robert Donaldson, John McDermott.

Rink 6: John Ramsay, John Kidd, Craig Paterson, Paul O’Donnell.

East Lothian bid for a hat-trick of wins when they entertain West Fife at Haddington where manager Stewart Johnston has world stage star Alex Marshall MBE back in action and introduces host club Welshman Joe Mower at third to Mal Higgenbotham.

Midlothian also hope to make it three wins in a row when they visit Stirling County East at Allandale while West Lothian face Borders at Broxburn.

• EDINBURGH champions Carrick Knowe make the long journey north on Sunday to face Tarves of Aberdeen & Kincardine in the second round of the Dechmont Forklift Trucks (Broxburn)-sponsored Inter County Top Ten.

Their team reads – Singles: Paul O’Donnell; Pairs: Kevin Tennant and Colin Mitchell; Triples: Craig Aitken, Graham Pringle and James Hogg; Fours: Alan Poole, Tom Matheson, John Ramsay and Darren Hush.

East Linton carry the East Lothian banner at home to Campbeltown of Argyll & Bute.