Nip and tuck, but Slateford pull through

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Edinburgh champions Slateford have progressed to the second round of the Scottish Inter County Top Ten Championship with a fine show to beat Kingswood of Glasgow 8-0.

Wins on all of the disciplines makes for impressive reading, but Kingswood’s bowlers put up a bold show and made life difficult for the home side with the outcome on the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours going right down to the wire.

“Our victory was a bit close for comfort as the match scales could have tipped against us in the closing stages,” said 
spokesman Gordon Ramsay.

Robert Marshall is seen as banker material on his own green, but the 18-time club champion found himself being hard pressed at 18-18 before landing a late 1, 2 to deliver his expected win over Willie Rankin.

A dramatic climax in the Pairs looked much less likely when the partnership of Dougie Martin and Gordon Ramsay whizzed into a 16-6 lead, only to be pegged back to 16-13 before they pulled away to a 20-13 win.

There were some uneasy 
moments too in the Triples when Ronnie Ramsay, Graham McAdam and Andrew Ramsay surrendered a 14-11 lead to be overtaken 15-14 entering the final end.

Andrew Ramsay did the 
business when it mattered, though, with the former captain of E&L and Edinburgh Open champion producing a spectacular drive that ditched the jack for a double to win 16-15.

The Slateford Four of Jamie Gracie, Louis Beaton, John Ramsay and Scott Brunton won 17-14.

There was to be no such 
happy ending at Bathgate, however, where the West Lothian champions crashed to a shock 6-2 defeat from their Argyll & Bute counterparts Bogleha’.

The Midlothian banner also disappeared from sight, with Musselburgh suffering a disappointing 8-0 defeat at home to Stirlingshire club Polmaise.