Bowls: Postal deliver in Top Ten

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Postal have delivered themselves an exciting day of opportunity in the final of the Edinburgh Top Ten on Saturday, August 24, thanks to a first class performance against Maitland in their semi-final clash at Slateford.

Wins in the Pairs, Triples and Fours reflects the determination and fighting spirit of a team that in EBL ranking terms came into the match as underdogs then took an opening blow to the chin with defeat in the Singles.

Maitland – who enjoy Division 1 status in the EBL – made a great start to their aspirations to reach the Top Ten final with their icon figure Alan Trotter in sparkling form to beat Postal spearhead Ewan Murray, 21-11.

The 17-end clash saw Trotter force his rival on to the back foot with counts of 1, 3, to lead 15-8, then from 15-11 he confirmed his supremacy with two splendid counts of 3 to 21.

The outcome was a psychological downturn completely ignored by the Postal trio of Elliot Young, Billy Sandilands and Martin McVey, who had made a flying start in the Triples to lead 12-2.

The Maitland opposition of George Trotter, Ian Watson and Gary Stout continued to be overwhelmed at 20-3, and the Postal challenge across the green was revitalised by an inspiring 22-10 win for McVey and Co.

Postal – a Division 3 club in the EBL – were back in a dogfight in the Pairs, however, with David McIntee and Neal Rooney deadlocked at 11-11 after 10 ends of conflict against Alan Flockhart and Brian Higgins.

And their nerve was severely tested at 13-12 and 15-14 down, but Rooney and his talented lead came good with an express delivery of 2, 1, 1 to clinch a vital 18-15 victory.

The Postal support on the banking were further cheered up by developing events in the Fours, with Colin Bain skipping Colin Turnbull, Keith Anderson and Struan Turnbull from 6-6 to 14-6 with a magic run of 2, 1, 2, 3.

Sweat did form on the Postal brows as the Maitland rink of Ross Parker-Knowles, Jim Duncan, Ross Barclay and Gordon Clark showed menace with a 1, 2, 2 comeback to 11 but Bain and Co killed the danger and the match with a single to win 15-11.

“Postal have celebrated several special moments down the years since our inception in 1889, including the Tait Trophy triumphs of John Thomson (1966), Alan McInnes (1978) and Derek McLean (1986), and to be in the frame for the Top Ten title invokes that spirit of achievement,” said a spokesman.

TOP West Lothian lady bowler Lorna Smith of Linlithgow continues to dominate, with the former world star from South African Bowls capturing the East of Scotland Singles title for the fourth time in a row.

Smith – who last month became the first ever to win the national singles title back to back – beat Nancy Cormack of Strathmiglo 21-15 in the EOS finals at Pumpherston, having also defeated Shona Johnstone of Tipperlinn.

Despite the general acceptance of Smith being Scotland’s unchallenged No1 she continues to be ignored – equality of opportunity policy and all – by Bowls Scotland and Sports Scotland for Commonwealth Games selection consideration.