Bowls: Parkside dent Craigentinny’s title hopes

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It isn’t all over for Craigentinny but with just three more fixtures to fulfil in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League, the defending champions blew their chance to go top with last night’s 5-4 win at home to leaders Parkside not a great result for them.

Parkside retain a one-point lead and probably have the better run-in but it is all to play for and even third-placed Hillside are in the frame following a 7-2 win at home to Tanfield.

Meanwhile, the relegation escape hatch is closing for Pilrig and Summerside following their respective 7- 2 and 5-4 defeats away to Northern and at home to Queensberry.

The league positions after 11 games played are, Parkside 62, Craigentinny 61, Hillside 58, Northern 50, Tanfield 49, Queensberry 44.5, Summerside 38.5, Pilrig 33.

“We had hoped for better with home advantage and all credit to Parkside but we are still in with a fighting chance of going on to win the league,” said Craigentinny spokesman Grant McLaren.

Wins for Willie McDonald and Andrew Caldwell also combined to earn the bonus point (59-53) for Craigentinny but the defeat of Ian Paterson and Andy Jeffrey was damaging.

Parkside’s Neil Watson reeled off six singles to cross 12-9 then skipped Andrew Davie, Gareth Edwards and Kevin Boyd to a 12-10 win over Josh Spalding, Gary Nisbet, David Brown and Paterson.

Derek Smith also delivered for the leaders having led 12-3 then skipping Graeme Fraser, Bob Ramsay and Willie Watson to a 14-10 win over Craig McCall, Stuart Betts, Gordon Bold and Jeffrey.

Caldwell skipped Darren Smith, Grant McLaren and Daniel Gormley to a 21-13 win over Paul Veitch.

McDonald also pleased the home support when skipping Kevin Hinter, David Torrance and Scott Rogers into a 14-4 lead then on to an 18-14 win over Craig Bryce, David Moran, Alex Hurry and Robert Donaldson.

Summerside missed their best chance of survival when losing at home to relegation zone rivals Queensberry with wins on the rinks skipped by Jim Currie and David Poole not good enough to earn the bonus point.

Rink results elsewhere were for Northern, Gordon Wilson Jnr 16, Euan Craig 15; Andy Reid 26, Chris Steven 9; George Prentice 12, Gavin Smith 11; Gordon Wilson Snr 10, Darren McKenny 12.

And for Hillside, Gary Muir 19, Robert White 12; Colin Hairs 16, Ian Duffus 9; BJ Smith 16, Andy McNab 15; Colin Bell 19, Derek McLean 21.