Bowls: Slateford avenge Balerno whitewash

Robert Marshall shone for Slateford. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Robert Marshall shone for Slateford. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Slateford’s only defeat in 12 Water of Leith 1st Sixteen games was a 7-0 hammering at Balerno, but the front-runners for the title managed to avenge that with a 7-2 triumph in the return fixture.

Wins on the rinks skipped by iconic figures Robert Marshall and Andy Ramsay also earned them a bonus point, but the clean sweep was denied by Steve Watson’s commanding win over Jamie Gracie.

Marshall, right, only failed to count on four of the 17-ends as he skipped Bill Herd, Louis Beaton and Davy Ross into a 13-2 lead, then onto a massive 29-7 win over Maxi Baigrie.

Ramsay carded a mighty 5 at end nine to lead 15-7 then the former Edinburgh Open Champion skipped Ronnie Ramsay, Colin Gilchrist and Gordon Ramsay to a 24-9 win over 
Fergie McBeath,

Watson kept Balerno on the map with a strong performance to skip S Marshall, J Watson and S Wightman to a 21-11 win over current E&L skip, Gracie.

The other results from the 13th round of fixtures haven’t come to hand, but the league table after 12 games played reads: Slateford 65, Sighthill 56, 
Gorgie Mills 51, Balerno 40, Currie 40, Beechwood 31, 
Juniper Green 31, Bainfield 22.

• Colinton stage the Forrest Fours competition tomorrow and it has special significance as the event commemorates their stalwart member Alastair Forrest who passed away recently. Alastair was a weel kent figure in wider bowling circles as a long serving treasurer of The Scottish Inter County Top Ten Association.

• Sighthill host the final stages of the inaugural Under-25 Scottish Cup tomorrow and there is a local interest in both semi finals (11am) with Midlothian facing Dumbartonshire and East Lothian tackling Lanarkshire.

The final is scheduled for 2.30pm and the event is sponsored by I.Q. Fire & Security.