Josh Spalding is EBL Junior Champion

Josh Spalding, centre, of Craigentinny BC - the 2013 EBL Junior Singles Champion
Josh Spalding, centre, of Craigentinny BC - the 2013 EBL Junior Singles Champion
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Josh Spalding of Craigentinny won The Edinburgh Bowling League Junior Singles title for the second time when beating defending champion Euan Craig of Pilrig in a cracker over 20 ends.

The ABT Machine Tools sponsored event played at Hillside serves as an end of season showcase for the EBL and Spalding, who is 18, first won the title in 2011.

Craig, aged 24, won the E&L Fleming Trophy for Under 25s and represented formidable opposition for the 2011 national finalist by making a blistering start to lead 9-3 after five ends.

Spalding kept a steady nerve however and, helped by a dramatic change of jack length tactic that saw him take the mat up to the pin, he kept himself in the picture with a 1, 1, 3, 1 fight back to level the score at 9-9.

Craig then went 14-9 up but Spalding rose to the challenge and carded a single to 10 that allowed him to resume his extremely short mat placement and the resulting extended run of 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 2 accelerated him into the driving seat at 19-14.

Craig managed to arrest his alarming slide with a single to 15 but the momentum was now with Spalding and the teenager dominated the build up of end 20 and triggered the victory salute with a 2 to 21.

“It is a brilliant feeling to have won the title for a second time and to do it against the holder,” said Spalding.

Meanwhile, the final of the Fours saw Leith BC capture their first ever EBL Knockout Title with the rink of Graeme Ward, Mike McBrierty, Craig Ramsay and Gavin Ramsay successful at the expense of Northern. Ramsay skipped his rink to a 23-5 victory over Gary Large, Gary Harrison, Grant Young and Roy Campbell having made stormed into a 19-3 lead after 12 ends.

And Wardie won the Seniors Fours Trophy for the first time with Jim Fyfe skipping David Wylie, David Wood and Stan McBain to beat Bill Lee, Brian Hogg, David Nelson and David Scott of Goldenacre.

The Wardie rink trailed 10-8 after 12 ends but powered to the title with a finishing run of 1, 3, 1 to win 13-10.