Scott Mackintosh defends the Tait Trophy

Scott Mackintosh did not go ahead in the final until end 22 when he scored a three to lead 18-17

Scott Mackintosh did not go ahead in the final until end 22 when he scored a three to lead 18-17

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Edinburgh bowler Scott Mackintosh successfully defended his Tait Trophy title last night,

The 43-year-old from the London Road Foundry club joins the two-in-a-row club after finding a late acceleration to beat Darren Hush of Carrick Knowe 21-17, at West End BC.

The final was a classic encounter that lasted 24 ends but it was end 22 before Mackintosh got his nose in front for the first time and he then showed the killer instinct needed to land the 1, 2 knockout punch on his 41-year-old opponent.

“This was my fourth final and I am thrilled to be crowned the Tait champion for a second time especially as it looked unlikely at various stages as I was certainly playing second fiddle to Darren most of the time,” he said.

“I managed to keep myself in the picture though with a number of successful conversions and savers from the aggressive type of play I was forced to adopt off the back-foot, then, in the later stages, I found an improved consistency in my build up play,” reflected the impressive 15 times club champion of LRF.

Hush will reflect that the coveted Champion of Champions Trophy of the 51 club E&L Bowling Association was firmly in his grasp at 16-10 up after 18 ends having dictated the pace from his opening count of two at the first end – and feeling comfortably in the groove.

“It does go through your head that things are going your way even though Scott was holding me back with some great savers and conversions but I had my first wayward end at the 19th and it cost me a four that acted as an inspiration to Scott,” said Hush.

Mackintosh admitted that the four he picked up to close to 14-16 did kick him into life and from that stage he managed to find a consistency of weight and length that put Hush under increasing pressure.

Hush did save two against him at the next with a great last-bowl draw for a single to 17 but Mackintosh placed the outcome of The Tait firmly in the melting pot with a single then a three to hit the front for the first time at 18-17.

Mackintosh – by this time reverting to a conventional three-quarter length jack having tried short and mat up the green – edged a single to 19 on end 23 then in exciting grandstand style produced a last bowl chap and lie for a hold of two shots that reached the card to make the Tait Trophy his.