Slateford will carry the Edinburgh banner into the final day’s play of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Inter County Top Ten bowls Championship at Eddlewood, Hamilton, on Sunday, June 9.
The Edinburgh champions, back-to-back winners of the national title in 1996/97, returned from their long journey to Castle Douglas celebrating a nail biting four-shot victory having shared the points 4-4 with their Stewartry counterparts.
Wins for Singles spearhead-figure Robert Marshall and the pairs partnership of Rab Stewart and Gordon Ramsay just tipped the scales in favour of a Slateford team that battled right down to the wire to compensate for defeat in the Triples and Fours.
Marshall emerged victorious from a titanic battle with Willie Green, escaping from 16-16 and racing to 21 with a 4, 1 finish.
It was yet another vital contribution from the 2010 national finalist as the next to finish was the rink of Alan Brash, Louis Beaton, Jamie Gracie and Scott Brunton who had been put through the mincer to trail 20-6. But it became a vital contribution to the Slateford effort when they reduced the final damage to a 21-12 defeat from Graeme Maxwell. There was also a threat of doom and gloom in the Triples with Ronnie Ramsay, Graham McAdam and Andrew Ramsay trailing Scott Davies 17-10 after 12 ends. However, damage limitation was again a feature with the Slateford trio producing an exciting 3, 2, 1 fight back to lose 17-16.
The final spotlight focused on the Pairs where Stewart and Gordon Ramsay scorched a run of 4, 1, 2, 2, 3, 2 that transformed their score from 11-4 down to 18-11 up.
Slateford entered the final end of the match holding a two-shot lead but faced the exit door with Castle Douglas building up the better head to hold a match-winning three shots leaving the fate of the Edinburgh champions in the hands of Ramsay. He was the hero, however, after producing a fierce strike that resulted in a two-shot conversion to win 20-11.
Slateford are joined in the last four by immediate opponents Stranraer (Wigtownshire), Bogleha’ (Argyll & Bute), and Melrose (Borders).
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