Parkside and Queensberry in shoot-out for EBL title

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Parkside and Queensberry will face each other in a winner-takes-all final match of the Alpha Trophies Bowling League.

Queensberry need one last Herculean effort in the shape of a 9-0 or 8-1 victory to take the title send their support into orbit.

Parkside failed to grab their chance of clinching the title in the penultimate match with a 6-3 win at home to Maitland not good enough to kill off the threat posed by Queensberry.

Queensberry turned in a great performance away to defending champions Craigentinny with a 7-2 victory. Craigentinny will enter the final fixture 11.5 points behind the leaders and out of the picture.

Queensberry produced the result of the night with their three wins, and bonus point, contributed by the rinks skipped by Brian Pollard, Scott Walker and John Kidd. Pollard was 14-10 down with two to play but stole an immensely valuable 18-14 victory by skipping Chris Conway, Jim McDougall and Paul Kirkland to an amazing 4, 4 finish against Kevin McFarlane.

Walker crossed to 13-7 with a run of 3, 3, 1 then inflicted a 16-8 defeat on Willie McDonald while Kidd kicked on from 12-11 to beat Andy Jeffrey, 17-13. Frank O’Reilly lost 21-11 to Andy Caldwell.

The Parkside scores were: Derek Smith 21, B Higgins 11; Robert Donaldson 26, G McIntosh 17; Neil Watson 18, A Trotter 18; Paul Veitch 12, J Robertson 14.

The escape hatch in the relegation zone was pretty well closed on Leith and Summerside and they both appear to be doomed to relegation. Leith lost 6-3 at home to Northern and Summerside were beaten 5-4 away at Hillside.