McKenny’s the man in District 14 while Postal stamp their class on finals

Darren McKenny has booked his place at Ayr Northfield
Darren McKenny has booked his place at Ayr Northfield
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Pilrig bowler Darren McKenny will represent Edinburgh District 14 in the Singles at the national championships next month after a strong display on finals night at Tanfield.

McKenny, a winner of the national Pairs crown in 2012, clinched his place at Ayr Northfield with a 21-9 win over Alfie King of Summerside.

The vastly-experienced McKenny took an early 8-3 lead, then raced into an 18-8 advantage before clinching victory in 21 ends.

The final of the Junior Singles was won by Dean Macintosh of London Road Foundry at the 21-14 expense of host club bowler Liam McKay – last year’s District champion.

Mackintosh, who had defeated younger brother Craig in his semi-final, raced into an 8-2 lead but was challenged by a McKay fightback that took the match to 14-12 in favour of the LRF bowler. Mackintosh, though, hit 21 with an unbroken run of 1, 2, 1, 3, 2.

Postal stamped their authority on the finals with wins in the Pairs and Triples.

Their partnership of Keith Anderson and former Tait Trophy champion Derek McLean were 14-8 down against Graeme Gow and Euan Craig of Pilrig. They hit back to cross 15-14 then, with the tie poised at 15-15, the Postal pair’s 1, 1 finish sealed a 17-15 thriller.

Postal’s Neal Rooney skipped Christian Berra and Craig Duffus to a runaway 19-4 win over a luckless Wardie trio in the Triples.

Craigentinny almost came a cropper from 11-0 up in the Fours with Andy Caldwell drawing a last-end single to skip Darren Smith, Gary Nisbet and Andy Jeffrey to a 19-18 win over a Brunstane rink skipped by Tom Gallagher.