Bowls: Queensberry skittle Northern to reach final

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Queensberry have stormed into the final of The Specsavers Opticians-sponsored Edinburgh Cup with a 12-0 thumping of fellow EBL Division 1 club Northern, having triumphed both home and away in their semi-final.

While Northern were 
bidding to reach the final for a third time, the driving force behind the Queensberry campaign was to reach the glamour stage of the event for the first time and, on current Division 1 form lines, they were favourites to do so.

The first target in the Edinburgh Cup is to win on your three home rinks and it was mission accomplished when the Queensberry rinks skipped by Frank O’Reilly, Alan Watson and John Kidd delivered clear-cut victories.

O’Reilly set the scene by blazing a 13-5 trail after nine ends, but was jolted severely by the loss of a seven on the 10th before recovering with an inspiring run of 1, 3, 4, 4 and skipping Brian Larkin, Stevie Kirkland and Jordan Davidson to a 26-14 win over Jamie Reid.

Watson also made a flying start to skip Jimmy Curran, Jamie Anderson and Peter Lynch into a 12-4 lead after six ends, then pressed on to register a 23-11 win over Jim Bathgate.

Kidd made it win number three when skipping Paul Manson, Ryan Gardner and Mick Imrie Jnr to an 18-12 win over Ian Miller, having made the vital break with a 3 and a 4 to lead 14-3 after eight ends.

Points are harder to 
come by on the away leg, but Queensberry skips 
Gordon Preston, Scott Walker and Brian Pollard surpassed all expectations with a 100 per cent achievement against Northern homers Gordon Wilson Jnr, Alan Mitchell and Larry Sorrell.

Preston made a brilliant start by carding a super 
six at the first. Then he skipped Chris Conway, John Dickson and Colin Jones into leads of 9-2 and 13-8 before answering late pressure to edge a 14-13 win over Wilson.

Walker raced into a healthy 10-2 lead over Mitchell after eight ends, but was closed to 10-8 before rallying to skip Peter Dickson, Mick Imrie Snr and Tam Ebbs to 16-8, then on to a 16-13 win.

Pollard made a big mark with counts of 5 and 3 to skip Colin McKenzie, Jim McDougall, and Paul Kirkland into a 12-4 lead after six ends, then remained firmly in control to score a commanding 23-12 win over Sorrell.

“It was a major bonus to win all three of our games at Northern and I must say the Queensberry camp is thrilled to bits at reaching our first final of The Edinburgh Cup,” reflected spokesman Brian Pollard.