Marshall into quarter-finals as he targets Tait title No.6

Robert Marshall is going for a sixth Tait Trophy title

Robert Marshall is going for a sixth Tait Trophy title

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Slateford bowler Robert Marshall has reeled off a hat-trick of wins in his latest bid to capture the coveted Edinburgh & Leith Champion of Champions ‘Tait Trophy’ for a sixth time and the 52-year-old is the only previous winner through to the quarter-finals.

Marshall’s third-round win came at the 21-14 expense of experienced West End club champion Donny Gilbertson at Tanfield, who made an encouraging start to edge a 7-6 lead after seven ends.

The Marshall response was a 2, 3, 2 reply then a 2, 1 interruption was followed by a run of 1, 2, 1, 2 that put the Slateford champion firmly in the driving seat at 19-10.

Former Edinburgh Open champion Alex Hurry Jnr of Bainfield faced dangerous opposition in the shape of Ardmillan’s Mike Nolan but emerged a 21-18 winner in a 25-end battle at Corstorphine.

The outcome had been in the melting pot with Nolan edging an 18-17 lead but Hurry hit 21 with a 1, 3 finish. Hillside champion Malky Thom went through on the nod to win a 21-19 battle with David McNiven of Corstorphine at Carrick Knowe having recovered from the loss of 4, 1, 4 to stand peels at 19-19 before carding a double on end 21.

Alan Trotter of Maitland dictated the pace to beat Graham Hislop of Willowbrae 21-12 at Pilrig to set up a head-to-head with Carrick Knowe ace James Hogg, who beat his Balerno counterpart Mike Haldane 21-3 at Slateford.

Postal champion Stuart Turnbull stamped his authority on his Liberton challenger Norman Ingles and delivered a 21-8 win at Dudley while Russell Gray of Dudley beat Wardie’s Ross Wylie 21-12 at Summerside. Kevin McNab of Dean produced a strong performance to overwhelm Ally Barrett of Juniper Green 21-5 at Bainfield.

Play continues on Friday night at Parkside with the line-up reading: Robert Marshall v Malky Thom; Alan Trotter v James Hogg; Stuart Turnbull v Alex Hurry; Russell Gray v Kevin McNab.