The Seniors brigade of gents indoor bowlers at Portobello have failed to set the heather alight in their national league campaign this season but they enjoyed some pre-Christmas cheer with yesterday’s 70-51 win at home to Edinburgh rivals Bainfield.
Porty lost six of their first seven games in a disastrous start to the campaign but have since won four out of five and sit in third-bottom place. Bainfield, meanwhile, saw their hopes dashed of catching league leaders East Lothian.
With just two more fixtures to fulfil, Bainfield find themselves six points adrift of an EL team that made it 11 wins from 12 games with yesterday’s emphatic 92-43 home win over bottom side Teviotdale.
Bainfield did inflict defeat on two of the Porty rinks, with Tony Abernethy and Bill Little having the measure of Dave McLeod and Ronnie Douglas respectively, but the Porty skips George Gray and BJ Smith turned the tide in favour of the hosts.
Gray and his rink of Eddie Tomany, Jim Glasgow and Ian Paterson landed a 26-5 win over Les Nicholson, Irvine Kemp, Alec Fisher and Jim Cowan.
Smith skipped Jimmy Marshall, George McCathie and Keith Young to a 13-8 victory over Bill Herd, Dick Wilson, Alan Craig and Mike Marshall. Bainfield were best served by the rink of Malcolm Cook, Clive Glass, Joe McVey and Abernethy, who recovered from 6-0 down to cross 13-10 before going on to score a 19-13 win over the quartet of Alex Walker, John Moodie, John Fraser and Dave McLeod.
Meanwhile, Midlothian moved into third place and within two points of Bainfield with a 62-51 away win over close table rivals West Lothian at Livingston. Victories on all four rinks – skipped by Frank Gray, Alex Cox, Alan Greig and George Cairns – made it an admirable team performance from the visitors.
Gray led the way, skipping Willie Meikle, Norman Anderson and George Mair to a 19-14 win that included a super six at the ninth end against Alistair Lindsay, George Sturrock, John Traynor and Jim Craig.