CARRICK KNOWE’S bid to etch their name on the millennium Ian McFarlane Trophy for a third time stepped up a gear when the inaugural champions secured a 3-0 bowls win over Slateford in last night’s quarter-final action in the Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles.
It was a home game for the 2000 and 2002 champions and they made it count with a take-no-prisoners mentality that paid a major dividend with three straight wins chalked up by James Hogg, Colin Mitchell and Richard Tough.
Hogg, in particular, made a sensational start to lead Andrew Ramsay 9-1 and 18-2 then the Scotland cap went on to crush the 2001 Edinburgh Open Champion, 21-9 in 16 ends.
Mitchell, a legendary 5 times Tait Trophy champion and a currently out-of-favour internationalist, trailed 6-0 to Graham McAdam after three ends but answered the menace to cross 11-9, then having made space to 19 with a run of 1, 3, 4 went on to clinch a 21-13 victory in 18 ends.
Tough made good headway to lead John Ramsay 9-5. He then accelerated to 15 with a run of 1, 2, 3 that set him up to clinch the match with a 21-13 win in 20 ends.
Meanwhile, John Priestley was performing well to lead Slateford icon Robert Marshall, 15-10 while Gordon Ramsay for the visitors was making an 18-12 impression on Craig Aitken.
Tanfield were in action earlier in the day and tackled keen rivals Pilrig in a continual downpour of rain that failed to dampen the spirits of the home team who produced an amazing fightback to win a 3-2 thriller.
Pilrig were first off the mark with Darren McKenny giving the visitors a tremendous boost with a spectacular 21-4 win over the luckless Scott Wood in a super-quick 12 ends.
Scott Noble put Pilrig 2-0 up with a 21-15 win over Alex Thompson in 18 ends, having added 1, 3, 1 to lead 14-9 then answering a touch of pressure at 18-15 with a magic count of 3 to 21.
And it looked all over for Tanfield when Robert White trailed former Fleming Trophy winner Euan Craig 16-9, having set himself a mountain to climb at 13-1 down.
But White suddenly took flight with an explosive run of 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1 that transformed the score card 17-16 in his favour then having conceded a 3 to 19 the Tanfield saviour came again to snatch victory with a 2, 1, 1 finish.
“I was in a desperate situation and on track for Tanfield to lose the match so when I got hold of the jack I played it longer and that change of tactic sparked my revival,” explained White later.
David Snodgrass was leading John Geddes 17-8 so in a position to clutch the straw offered by White’s great escape, he duly delivered with a 21-14 victory in 24-ends.
It was great news for Tanfield with the match now level, and with their anchor man Graeme McIntosh holding a 17-14 upper-hand over Graeme Hislop, he led them to a victory when he clinched a 21-14 win in 22 ends.