Slateford crash out of Top Ten to Whitehouse & Grange

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Slateford – the five times champions – made a shock exit at home to Whitehouse & Grange in last night’s quarterfinals action of the Edinburgh Top Ten and that was despite Robert Marshall getting them off to a flying start in the Singles.

Marshall winged his way to a 21-6 win in 16-ends over Stevie Kirk and the 15-shot margin suggested that all Slateford had to do was to support it with a second victory.

But it never came in the Fours with the W&G rink of Jim McLennan, Mike Marshall, John Nelson and Mark Hewitt leading 16-8 then answering pressure at 16-14 to win 18-14 against Ronnie Ramsay, Grant McAdam, Gary Connelly, and Jamie Gracie.

Gordon Ramsay is normally a safe pair of hands and looked set to deliver in the Pairs when skipping Graham McAdam into an 11-8 lead over Fraser Milligan and Hugh Thomson but the roof caved in as W&G finished 4, 1, 1, 3, 1 to win 18-11.

The Triples was now the last chance saloon for Slateford but a 5-13 situation looked grim for Davy Ross, John Ramsay, and Andrew Ramsay, until closing to 12-13.

However, Ken Brown, Calum Weir, and Malcolm Weir added two singles to win 15-12.

Queensberry will go head to head with W&G in their semi-final at Slateford on Saturday August 23 and that’s down to a great 6-2 win at home to Tanfield.

Victories in the Triples, Fours and Pairs settled things for Queensberry.