Bowls: E&L go hell for leather in the Hamilton

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Edinburgh & Leith bowlers crushed Borders 142-88 in Saturday’s Hamilton Trophy match played at Sighthill with double-figure wins on four rinks to move up to fourth in the standings.

Helped by a sun-kissed day and a lightning-fast surface, team boss Willie Watson said: “The team vastly improved on recent form with a powerful display that was joy to watch.”

The rinks skipped by Paul O’Donnell, Mal Higgenbotham, John McDermott and Robert Marshall were the high flyers while Paul Veitch came late for a narrow victory leaving Willie McDonald the only loser.

Borders arrived sitting four places above E&L in the highly competitive East section and gave a good account of themselves over the first six ends but an 8-1 count on end seven moved the home side into a lead of 12 and it became one-way-traffic after that.

Ends 12 and 13 proved to be significant with substantial counts of 14-3 and 10-1 accelerating E&L into a match lead of 44 shots, then a 5-4 lull on the 14th followed by a 9-1 on the 15th and a 7-1 on the 16th had the home side sitting pretty at 59 up.

E&L won the first phase by 46-34, the second by 58-25, and coasted home, 38-29, on the third.

O’Donnell opened 4, 2, 2, 2 to lead 10-0 then zipped to 22-1 after 13 ends and skipped Neil Watson, Craig Paterson and Colin Hutchison to a 27-8 win over Robert Kerr.

Higgenbotham powered from 10-5 to 27-5 with a run of 4, 1, 2, 2, 5, 3 then skipped Craig McCall, George Kirk and Alan Brown to a 31-12 win over Alistair White.

McDermott skipped Andrew Caldwell, Derek Smith and Darren Hush into a 25-10 lead and onto a 27-12 win over Graeme Forsyth.

Veitch found himself hard pressed at 16-8 down but scored at seven of the remaining nine ends to skip Stephen Pringle, David Fisher and Alex Hurry to a 19-18 win over Stuart Bebbington.

Marshall added 1, 4, 3, to cross 15-9 then powered to 23-10 en route to skipping Alan Trotter, David Brown and Brian Stoddart to a 24-13 win over Rob Crawford.

McDonald and his rink of Daniel Gormley, Gordon Bold and Jamie Gracie trailed 10-1 after five ends and continued against the collar in a 25-14 defeat from Ian Crawford.