McIntosh secures Tait final against Higgenbotham

Graeme McIntosh, above, beat Neil Watson to clinch his final place
Graeme McIntosh, above, beat Neil Watson to clinch his final place
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Maitland champion Graeme McIntosh secured his place in this year’s Tait Trophy final with victory over Neil Watson of Parkside in the last four.

The early exchanges in the semi-final of the Edinburgh & Leith ‘champion of champions’ competition at Wardie were tit for tat with Watson adding 2, 1 to cross 11-10 after 11 ends then, at 13-11 down and faced with four shots against, producing a brilliant last-bowl killer for a single to 12.

But McIntosh enjoyed a run of 1, 1, 2 to cross 17-15 then responded to real danger at 20-19 with a single on end 23 that ended the dream of his young opponent.

The other semi-final featured twice Tait champion Mal Higgenbotham of Tanfield and first-time London Road Foundry kingpin George Kyle, who made an encouraging start to lead 5-1 after four ends.

Higgenbotham found the higher gear he was trying to engage with a 3 and followed on with counts of 3, 1, 1, (3), 2, 2 to establish a 13-8 supremacy. However, five ends later, he faced a 16-15 deficit that prompted a winning 3, 1, 1, 1 response to 21.

The final is tomorrow night at Mayfield.