Bowls: Colin Mitchell reaches national singles final

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Colin Mitchell will spearhead the District 15 challenge in the showcase stage of the national bowling championships at Ayr Northfield next month, as the 40-year-old Carrick Knowe ace contests the singles.

Mitchell, below, produced a scintillating display in last night’s district finals played at Parkside, with Whitehouse & Grange champion Malcolm Weir the victim as the former captain of Scotland stormed to a 21-6 victory in 17 ends.

The record 15 times champion of Carrick Knowe is a five times winner of the Tait Trophy and that experience of singles play was evident in a terrific start which saw him lead 14-4.

“I did hit the ground running as I immediately settled to the line, length, and pace of the green and I think I managed to knock Malcolm’s confidence in the early stages of a major occasion in front of a crowded banking,” Mitchell said.

Carrick Knowe celebrated a second success of the night with emerging star Stephen Pringle serving up a razzle-dazzle display in the Junior Singles to outshine Steven Rennie of the host club, 21-9 in 17 ends.

Pringle made a crisp start to lead 8-1 then answered a growing menace at 11-7 with a 3 (1), 3, to bring victory into sharp focus at 17-8, answering the loss of a single with a grandstand finish of 1, 3 to 21.

Hopes of a hat-trick for Carrick Knowe were on the cards after three ends in the fours as Craig Aitken, Robert Mitchell, Johnny Priestley and Darren Hush stood 9-9 against hosts Parkside. But a thrilling climax saw Derek Smith, Willie Watson, Paul Veitch and Robert Donaldson hailed the local heroes with a 1, 1 (1) finish to win 11-10.

In the pairs, the Ramsay brothers, Andrew and Gordon of Slateford, cashed in on a super count of 6 to cross 14-13, going on to win 21-16 over Adam Melrose and John McDermott of Sighthill.

The Sighthill support did get triples success, with Jamie Ronaldson, Andy Donald and Jason Ronaldson turning the tide with counts of 5 and 3 to cross 17-14 and win 17-16 against Neil McRae, Moray Tait and Donny Gilbertson of West End.