Bainfield lady bowlers from Edinburgh produced an upset to reach the first round proper of The Scottish Cup.
Bainfield beat Bathgate club Balbardie in Livingston.
Both clubs had competed in Division 1C of the indoor league and shared one win each against each other. But Balbardie topped the final table, ten points and 106 shots ahead of Bainfield having won eight of their ten games.
The preliminary round clash turned out to be an absolute thriller that went right down to the wire and, fittingly, was decided by a dramatic last-bowl delivery that clinched a 74-72 win for a jubilant Bainfield.
“This game was balanced on a knife-edge from start to finish and in truth could have gone either way. It took a killer last bowl draw from Isabel Anderson to edge the win for us,” said team manager Muriel Old.
Anderson – a top class recruit from the now defunct Portobello IBC – skipped her rink to a victory that was supported by Theresa Blair and although both were extremely narrow margins they did combine to cover the defeats of Marion Dickson and Anna Anderson.
Bainfield were only behind on five of the 21 ends and held a ten-shot lead for a time in the middle stage.
Anderson added a timely count of 3 at end 15 to skip Aimee Robertson, Karen Tumblety and Rita Reid into a 17-12 lead then held out to register an 18-15 win over Margo Duff in a game that ended on the time bell after 19 ends.
The Bainfield skip was last to finish and a well-weighted final delivery gained a needed directional assist via the edge of a friendly bowl to wriggle into the head and count a match-winning single.
Blair carded a 5 at end two then made a strong impression to skip Sylvia McAnna, Lily Murray and Isa Wilson into an 18-9 lead over Pat Purdie, but came under late pressure before vitally landing a late 1, 2 to win 21-17.
Anna Anderson was deadlocked at 15-15 after 14 ends then slipped to a 21-19 defeat from Delia Flannigan but she made a crucial contribution by skipping Susan Allan, Cathy Falconer and Kathleen Barr to a double on the last end.
Dickson and her rink of Gladys Christie, Ann Matthew and Anne Watson were in touch at 9-9 but suffered a 19-16 setback at the hands of Sharon Leitch.
Elsewhere the 85-71 exit of East Lothian to Stirling at Bainfield was another shocker given that the ‘garden county’ had just been piped at the post for the title in Division 1C while their opponents had finished joint bottom of Division 1B.
West Lothian suffered a crushing 106-54 defeat from Falkirk at Balbardie.