Maitland hammer Tanfield 9-0 in EBL

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Maitland stunned Division One title contenders Tanfield with a 9-0 demolition in the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League.

Tanfield entered the fifth round of fixtures in second place and with home-green advantage against lower-placed Maitland were confident of keeping the pressure on defending champions Parkside.

Gary Stout set the scene for the visitors, springing into life at 8-7 down to skip Ryan Taylor, Stuart Clark and Stevie Ritchie to a 21-13 win over Andy McNab having produced a powerful run of 3, 2, 4, 1, 1, 3 that accelerated them into a 21-8 lead.

Brian Higgins produced a super count of six as he skipped Peter Morris, Falconer Mitchell and Andy Sharp into a 14-2 lead over Robert White then held off a late challenge to win 20-17.

Alan Trotter kicked on from 12-8 to skip George Trotter, Ross Barclay and Jim Robertson into a 17-8 comfort zone then could even afford the loss of a six at the last and clinch a 17-15 win over Mal Higgenbotham. Graeme McIntosh fought back from 3-10 to 9-12 then conjured up a magic 3, 1, 1 finish to skip Will Clark, Graham Duff and Mark McIntosh to a 14-12 win over Stuart Campbell.

Maitland are now sitting second top and are just three points adrift of a Parkside team that left Hillside with a 5-4 victory. The outcomes on all four rinks were close calls and it was a single-shot margin (58-57) that earned the bonus point for Parkside.

Paul Veitch produced a 1, 2, 3 finish to snatch an 18-16 win over BJ Smith while the visitors’ other success saw Robert Donaldson edge back from 4-10 to beat Brian Irving 14-12.

Last-end drama in favour of Hillside saw Colin Hairs card a double to pip Neil Watson 14-13 while a single for Colin Bell saw him clinch a 15-13 win over Kevin Boyd.

Craigentinny’s 7-2 win at Pilrig saw Andrew Jeffrey power to a 24-6 win that was supported by Daniel Gormley (19-10) and Andy Caldwell (20-18) while Scott Rogers lost 14-12 to Euan Craig.

Northern won 5-4 at home to Queensberry having earned the bonus point with a 63-50 aggregate.