Maitland provided high drama in the first batch of the District 14 semi-finals of the national championships at Tanfield with Mark McIntosh, Brian Higgins and Graeme McIntosh emerging as extra-end hero figures.
The Dudley opposition of John Young, Jimmy Henderson and Mike Burns trailed 9-0 and remained against the collar at 14-5 down, however, a fight-back of 4, 2, 1, 2 made it 14-14.
Graeme McIntosh was on familiar territory and having skipped his then club Tanfield to the national title in 2010 was best equipped to cope with the pressures of an extra-end tiebreaker and proved it by – just – edging the match winner.
The other semi-final featured Northern against Wardie. Northern’s Hugh Hilson, Larry Sorrell and Ian Miller raced into a 15-2 lead over Steven Lawrie, Ross Wylie and Alan Ward. Miller and Co remained firmly in the driving seat and ran out 21-14 winners.
Northern also contested the Pairs but Jim Prentice and Jim Bathgate failed to cope with the Tregonning brothers Chris and Andrew in a 16-12 defeat.
The opposition in the District final is Frank Clelland and Alan Nicol of Wardie who beat Seafield 16-6.