Weirs way sends Triples title to Whitehouse & Grange

Whitehouse and Grange's Malcolm Weir, right, with son Calum, centre, and Fraser Milligan

Whitehouse and Grange's Malcolm Weir, right, with son Calum, centre, and Fraser Milligan

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Nine-times club champion Malcolm Weir delivered Whitehouse and Grange its first Edinburgh Bowling League Knockout title as the 51-year old skipped his son, Calum Weir, and Fraser Milligan to victory in the Triples.

The W&G trio were made to fight every inch of the way in the Buyrite Bathrooms-sponsored Championship Finals at Summerside, exploding from 16-10 down to snatch a dramatic 17-16 win over Peter Stitt, Alan Tough and Colin Bell of Hillside.

Northern's Gordon Wilson Snr, Grant Young, Larry Sorrell and David Scott

Northern's Gordon Wilson Snr, Grant Young, Larry Sorrell and David Scott

The score was deadlocked at 16-16 entering the last where Tough tipped the scales in favour of Hillside with an excellent draw close to the jack that nullified good build-up play from the W&G front two.

Malcolm Weir failed to beat the shot with his first-bowl draw attempt but a change of tact saw him elect to target the opposition bowl with extra pace and, with perfect precision, edged it out for what became the title-winning single.

The early exchanges saw W&G get off the mark with a mighty count of five on the third end, then add a three to lead 8-3. However, an exchange of doubles to 10-5 was followed by a Hillside charge of 1, 3, 5, 1, 1 to cross 16-10.

W&G closed to 15 with a, 2, 3 response then raised the match temperature sky high on the penultimate end with Weir ditching the jack for a spectacular single to 16-16.

Meanwhile, the final of the Fours saw former Tait Trophy champion David Scott skip his Northern rink of Gordon Wilson Snr, Grant Young and Lorry Sorrell to a 13-12 victory.

Scott looked to have tamed the Corstorphine opposition of Andy Lees, Alan Mather Jnr, Brian Sharp and Bob Page when, helped by several brilliant conversions, he built up an 11-2 lead after eight ends.

Corstorphine did get some due rewards with a fightback of 1, 2, 1, (1), 1, 1, 2 to 12-10 but Northern arrested their slide with a single to 13 then just managed their last-end loss to a double.