Despite a respected history in Capital bowling, Northern are yet to see their name etched on the Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles Championship trophy. However, their 2016 campaign is progressing well.
The visit of Bainfield in the second round presented a tough task but Northern produced a top-class show and a commanding 4-1 victory.
Northern, entering the match buoyed up by a 3-2 home win over Hillside in the first round, had twice club champion Andy Reid in great form as blew away Stuart Clark. Reid exploded into a 15-3 lead over the opening 13 ends having added 2, 2, 3, 1, 1 from 6-3 then, with Clark at his 15-4 mercy, the Northern bowler put his opponent to the sword with a 1, 3, 2 finish to win 21-4 in 17 ends.
Gordon Wilson Jnr was also in the mood to take no prisoners and he thumped E&L Hamilton Trophy star Steven Pilley 21-5 in 19 ends, having accelerated into a commanding 14-5 lead before motoring to 21 with a run of 1, 1, 1, 2, 2.
Jamie Reid – son of Andy – is seen as an emerging star and how better for the 2013 winner of the E&L Under-25 Singles to prove it by capturing the scalp of Alex Hurry Jnr.
Hurry – a District Singles champion and winner of the Edinburgh Open – would have been content when holding his younger opponent at 7-7 after ten ends but Reid set the home banking alight with a scorching run of 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 to take command at 15-7.
Reid remained solid to have Hurry at his 17-13 mercy after 22 ends and displayed his killer instinct with a run of 2, 1, 1 to win 21-13 in 25 ends.
Having reeled off a great hat-trick of wins to clinch the match victory, Northern then celebrated an excellent 21-19 win for Darren Prentice over former District Singles champion Craig Paterson.
Bainfield avoided suffering a complete whitewash with Adam Brock edging a 21-18 win over four-times Northern champion Stan Christie.
Other second round results: Sighthill 3, London Road Foundry 2; Balerno 1, Tanfield 4; Mayfield 4, Blackhall 1; Dean 4, Carrick Knowe 1; Craigentinny 5, Currie 0.