Carrick Knowe in tip-top shape after Top Ten victory

James Hogg produced a fine performance in the Singles
James Hogg produced a fine performance in the Singles
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Edinburgh champions Carrick Knowe powered into the second round of the Dechmont Forklift Trucks (Broxburn)-sponsored Inter County Top Ten Championship with 6-2 home win over their Dunbartonshire counterparts, Vale of Leven.

Winning performances delivered in the Singles, Pairs and Fours were mostly achieved on the front foot with the only setback being a narrow-margin defeat in the Triples.

James Hogg in the Singles made a great start to lead 8-1 but came under pressure at 8-7 before making telling space to 17 with a six-end purple patch run of 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1 against Alan Bruce. Hogg advanced to 19-9 but landing the killer punch evaded him for three ends and the loss of 3, 2, 2, brought sweat to his brow before carding a double on end 23 to clinch a 21-16 victory.

The Pairs partnership of Kevin Tennant and Colin Mitchell delivered a resounding 19-11 victory. Mitchell – a five-times Tait Trophy champion – skipped Tennant into an 11-3 lead then from 15-8 produced a 2, (3), 2 finish to bag the two win points.

Vale of Leven did spill some home blood from a 13-10 wound inflicted on the home Triple of Craig Aitken, Graham Pringle and Paul O’Donnell, who trailed 8-1 after three ends and continued to struggle

Hush was being kept quiet at 12-10 down in the Fours but served up the stronger finish to skip Stephen Pringle, John Priestley and John Ramsay to an 18-14 win.

Elsewhere, East Linton carried the East Lothian banner to a handsome 6-2 home victory over West Lothian counterparts Linlithgow, with supremacy in the Singles, Pairs and Fours more than compensating defeat in the Triples.

East Linton’s Graham Bell produced a grandstand finish of 3, 4, 1 that swept him to a commanding 21-12 win over Gary Orr in the Singles.

The Pairs partnership of Colin Murdoch and George Cowan made an explosive start to lead 17-5 and were great value for their 21-9 blitz of Andrew Cruickshank and Scott Mushet.

The home Triple of Calvin Blair, Keith Fender and Grant Fender lost 21-7 to Mark Graham, Ewan Shearer and Steven Fleming.

The battle for supremacy in the Fours was deadlocked at 9-9 before Stevie Kerr skipped George Cowan Jnr, Terry Sawangsuk and Mike Newlands to a 15-13 win over Andrew Grimshaw Jnr, Tommy Hamilton, Derek Logie and Gary Smith.