E&L remain on top after a battle in Dunfermline

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Edinburgh & Leith led from start to finish to beat West Fife 140-104 at Abbeyview in the Cities and Counties Championship.

It’s a result that keeps E&L at the top of the East section although equal on points with East Lothian who are 60 shots adrift, both teams making the pace with four wins out of five.

E&L won on the rinks skipped by Darren Hush, Robert Marshall, Paul Veitch and Jamie Gracie.

End four produced the first positive signal of strength from E&L coming in the shape of an 8-2 count that pushed them into a 27-17 lead, however, two ends later they were down to a 36-35 lead and under pressure.

It took an 8-2 on end nine to push E&L back into a double -figure lead and the swift addition of 10-5 made it 68-50.

Darren Hush earned the match plaudits as the highest up rink – skipping Josh Spalding, Stuart Campbell and Robert Donaldson to a 14 shot win over Kenny Bald. Hush & Co blitzed the opposition with a run of 3, 3, 2, 2, 1, 1, 3 in an inspirational 29-15 performance.

Marshall skipped Euan Craig, Gavin Smith and Colin Hutchison to a 24-12 win over Jim McGuire having made space to 13-7 with a run of 3, 3, 1 then firing up E&L temperatures with a sizzling 3, 4, (2) 1, finish. Veitch was being asked questions at 15-13 down after 14 ends but came up with a terrific answer in the shape of skipping Stephen Pringle, David Fisher and John McDermott on a run of 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1 to beat Andrew Kennedy 25-15.

Gracie slipped from 10-2 up to be under pressure at 19-17 down but conjured up a magic 1, 4, 2 finish to skip Alan Trotter, Brian Pollard and Andrew Caldwell to a 24-19 win over Rab McFarlane.

Mal Higgenbotham led 13-8 and 18-14 before being pipped at the post in a 22-21 defeat from Paul Brown while Paul O’Donnell suffered a run in collapse from 17-12 up to lose 21-18 to Craig Watson.

Meanwhile, the partnership of Michael and Jean of Leith caused an upset when stepping up from 9-6 down to score a 16-12 win over Craigentinny stars Kevin McFarlane and his mum Jackie in the District 14 semi-finals of the Mixed Pairs Championship, played at Summerside.

Their was also an upset in the other semi-final with former national champion Gillian Mackintosh and her skip Daniel McCaskell of London Road Foundry edged out by Elaine Walker and Alan Flockhart in a 17-15 thriller.

LRF held three shots for victory at 16-15 down playing the last but Flockhart destroyed the head to burn the end then carded a match-clinching single on the replay.