Bowls: Leith cling on to claim Division 2 title

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Leith have been promoted to Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League after winning Division 2.

In the final match of their league programme, they defended their ½-point lead over second-placed Maitland with a 7-2 win at home to Mayfield.

Despite that victory, Maitland could still have pipped them to the title but their hopes were dashed when they lost 5-4 at foot-of-the-table London Road Foundry. “It looks good that we captured the title by a good 3½ points in the end and it’s great to be going up as champions,” said Bob Wood of Leith.

Wood was particularly relieved as he skipped the only Leith rink to lose to Mayfield.

Dale Randall of Mayfield 
was the spoiler with a powerful finishing run of 3, 2, 2, 1 that sent Wood and his front three into the clubhouse with a 19-14 defeat. The rinks skipped by Robert Sloan, Craig Ramsay and Drew Dodds came to the rescue of Wood and Co, with Sloan leading the way with his front three of Graham Walker, Jimmy Wilson and Peter McCabe to beat Gavin Ramsay, 22-12. Ramsay (Craig) was in a spot of bother at 12-8 down but skipped Donald Forsyth, Ian Ramsay and Gavin Ramsay to a grandstand finishing run of 1, 5, 1, 2, 1 to beat Stevie Ferguson, 18-12.

Dodds broke from 5-5 to 13-7 and stayed on course to skip Ally Mackay, Jimmy Malcolm and Walter Day to a 14-9 win over Paul Manson.

Maitland finished 5½ points clear of third-place Willowbrae, who thumped Corstorphine 9-0 to leapfrog a West End team that lost 7-2 at Wardie

n TODAY’S big EBL match is the final of the Specsavers Edinburgh Cup at Parkside, where holders and record five-times winners Craigentinny face 2009 runners up Northern.