Ebbs leaves it late to find flow in battle with Rooney

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Queensberry champion Tam Ebbs made a dramatic escape to victory in last night’s District 14 Singles of the national bowls championships with not one, not two, but three brilliant last-bowl savers to beat Neal Rooney of Postal in an epic 21-20 battle at Goldenacre.

Rooney had stamped his authority on the quarter-final to have Ebbs at his 17-12 mercy and three ends later at 19-14 then he lay for 21 at the following two ends only to be denied by killer deliveries that resulted in Ebbs carding singles to 16.

The Postal champion edged closer to victory with a single to 20 then held a match winning single at the next only to denied once again by Ebbs carding a single to 17 that also proved to be a tide turner for him.

Mike Burns carried the banner of Northern BC forward into the last four with a commanding display to beat John Duncan of Wardie 21-15 in 
25 ends at Seafield.

Meanwhile, Dudley champion Russell Gray served up the surprise result of the night when he dealt a 21-14 exit to indoor cap Gavin Smith of Pilrig in a 21-end contest at Queensberry.

Gray threw down the gauntlet with a purple patch spell of 2, 3, 3, 2 that thrust him into a 15-8 lead then answered growing menace at 16-13 with a powerful 1, 3, (1), 1 finish.

Tanfield champion Andy Sneddon faced John Reynolds of Hillside at Wardie last night and showed typical neat touches and solid form to score a comfortable 21-12 victory.

The last eight action in the District 15 Junior Singles saw Donald Forsyth represent the banner of Leith BC with a heroic performance to edge a 21-19 thriller over Jamie Reid of Northern in 23 ends at Hillside.

Elsewhere, Kerr McKail of Summerside crushed Jordan Davidson of Queensberry 21-6 at Willowbrae, while Euan Cairns of Pilrig overwhelmed David Kyle of LRF 21-7 at Craigentinny, and Dean Mackintosh of LRF outgunned Ross Parker-Knowles of Maitland, 21-12, at Dean.

Midlothian have followed two disappointing defeats in the East section of The Hamilton Trophy with a two impressive wins – the latest being a 
125-106 triumph over West Fife at Gorebridge.

“We lost the services of 
Colin Walker and Ronnie Duncan to Bowls Scotland and the 
4 Nation Test event at Commonwealth Games venue Kelvingrove and that was a major test of our resolve that we passed with flying colours,” said team manager Frank Gray.