Northern rock Craigentinny in E&L Top Five Singles

Andrew Caldwell got Craigentinny off to a winning start but Northern came roaring back to claim overall victory

Andrew Caldwell got Craigentinny off to a winning start but Northern came roaring back to claim overall victory

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Northern cashed in on home-green advantage to score a shock 3-2 win over title contenders Craigentinny in the quarter-finals of the Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles Championship.

Scotland cap Andrew Caldwell got Craigentinny off to a winning start at the 21-9 expense of Darren Prentice.

Gordon Wilson Jnr kept Northern in the picture with a cracking 21-10 win over Josh Spalding before Craigentinny moved into a 2-1 lead as Kevin McFarlane claimed a 21-9 win in 21 ends over Gordon Wilson snr.

Former Tait Trophy champion Ian Paterson stood 18-19 against Northern’s Andy Reid but the latter carded a sizzling double to clinch a 21-18 thriller in 24 ends.

The final spotlight focused on Ian Miller of Northern against Gordon Bold and, at 17-16 in favour of the host club’s bowler, there was sweat on the brows of both camps.

Miller landed a 1, 2 to 20 but a hat-trick of singles to 19 reeled off by Bold sent the match temperature sky high before Miller settled the issue with a nail-biting single to win 21-19 in 27 ends.

Other results: Sighthill 4, Tanfield 1; Mayfield 2, Dean 3; Slateford 3, Maitland 2.