Maitland set the pace in Edinburgh Bowling League

Bowls Scotland's high performance manager Rhona Howie and high performance coach John Price. Picture: John Devlin
Bowls Scotland's high performance manager Rhona Howie and high performance coach John Price. Picture: John Devlin
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Maitland are the early pacesetters in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League following a 7-2 away win over Summerside which built on the club’s opening 8-1 home win over Hillside.

Alan Trotter set the scene by skipping George Trotter, Ian Watson and Ross Noble to a stunning 27-8 win over Jim Currie. Brian Higgins zipped from 7-5 to 19 and skipped Peter Morris, Andy Kellagher and Jim Robertson to a 28-12 win over Keith Taylor. Graeme McIntosh beat David Snodgrass 18-13.

Summerside’s lead figure David Poole was their the only winning skip, defeating Alan Flockhart 22-15.

Queensberry failed to build solidly on their opening 8-1 home win over Leith but did manage to take two points away from a Hillside opposition driven by the need to improve on their drubbing at Maitland.

It was a desperately close call, however, with last-end victory for BJ Smith and a very narrow win for Colin Bell supported by peels on the rinks skipped by Colin Hairs and Gary Muir.

Scores: BJ Smith 14, Brian Pollard 13; Colin Bell 18, John Kidd 16; Colin Hairs 16, Frank O’Reilly 16; Gary Muir 15, Scott Walker 15.

Parkside are good travellers and last season’s runners-up suggested they will once again be major title contenders with wins on the rinks skipped by Neil Watson (19-8), Robert Donaldson (17-13) and Derek Smith (12-11) earning them a 7-2 win over Northern. Gordon Wilson prevented a clean sweep with a 15-14 win over Paul Veitch.

Craigentinny are the hat-trick-seeking defending champions but they lived up to their ‘slow starters’ reputation at Leith and were hard pushed to edge a 5-4 victory over last season’s Division 2 champions.

Wins on the home rinks skipped by Gavin Ramsay and Craig Ramsay gave the holders a bloody nose but the away win was rescued by the success of Kevin McFarlane and Andy Jeffrey. McFarlane skipped Josh Spalding, Davy Brown and Scott Rogers into a 15-8 lead after ten ends then exploded to 30 with a blitz run and finished a 30-9 winner over Robert Sloan.

Jeffrey steered Grant McLaren, Stuart Betts and Gordon Bold to a 21-13 win over Robert Wood.

Gavin Ramsay cheered up the home support as he cashed in on a 9-1 lead to skip Mike McBriearty, Davy Morris and Drew Dodds to a 25-9 win over Andy Caldwell while Craig Ramsay beat Willie McDonald 17-8.

Division 1 League standings: Maitland 15; Parkside 14; Craigentinny 11; Queensberry 10; Hillside 8; Northern 5; Leith 5; Summerside 4.