Alpha Bowls: Maitland extend their lead

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Maitland’s spell as the surprise early season table toppers in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League continues despite the leaders suffering a 5-4 defeat at home to Queensberry.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Alan Flockhart and Alan Trotter failed to secure the bonus point but did keep Maitland ahead of the chasing pack and increased the margin of their lead over second placed Parkside.

While Maitland’s points tally after three games is 19 Parkside are left sitting on 17 having lost 6-3 at defending champions Craigentinny.

Craigentinny, who are bidding to capture the title for a record extending eighth time, join Parkside in second place while Queensberry will be delighted to be sitting in fourth place with a points tally of 15.

Hillside might have hoped for a slightly better home result than their 6-3 win over newly promoted Leith but with 14 points in the bag they are six better off than their victims.

Northern achieved the best result of the night and their 7-2 win at home to Summerside moves them onto 12 points but their foot-of-the table visitors are in dire trouble with a mere six points accumulated from their three games.

The action at Craigentinny saw the home side’s campaign boosted by commanding wins on the rinks skipped by Andy Jeffrey and Willie McDonald while team manager Andrew Caldwell gained a further point from a peel. Jeffrey skipped Craig McCall, Stuart Betts and Gordon Bold into a 14-8 lead after 13 ends then onto a 28-8 victory after a spectacular run of 3, 2, 1, 3, 5 against opposition icon figure Robert Donaldson.

McDonald celebrated a mighty count of 5 at end 11 and a super 6 at end 17 as he skipped Kevin Hunter, Scott Duncan and Daniel Gormley to a 30-16 win over Derek Smith.

Caldwell and his rink of Darren Smith, Grant McLaren and David Brown added a 4 to peels at 14 then lay for a win at 15-14 playing the last but opposition skip Paul Veitch fluked a single to steal a peel.

Kevin McFarlane was unable to kick on from 12-10 up and suffered a 17-12 defeat from the Parkside rink of Willie Watson, Danny McCourt, Kevin Boyd and Neil Watson.

The action at Maitland saw Alan Flockhart of the home team recover from 12-9 down to skip Mark McIntosh, Steven Ritchie and Gary Stout to an 18-14 win over John Kidd while Alan Trotter produced a last bowl ‘chap and lie’ to clinch a 13-11 win over Frank O’Reilly.

More last-end drama saw Brian Pollard of Queensberry card 5 shots from a take-out to clinch a 19-13 win over Graeme McIntosh while Scott Walker influenced the bonus point destination with a 20-13 win over Brian Higgins.

The action at Hillside saw close-call wins for Colin Bell (13-12), BJ Smith (23-22) and Colin Hairs (20-16) tip the scales for the home side while Gavin Ramsay’s 23-7 win over Brian Irving earned the bonus point for Leith.

David Poole kept Summerside on the map at Northern with his 19-11 win over Gordon Wilson Jnr but the home side ruled on the rinks skipped by Jamie Reid (21-11), Ian Miller (20-12) and Larry Sorrell (25-7).