Craig Paterson’s pride as he clinches District 15 title

FOCUSED: Craig Paterson was too good for Robert Marshall
FOCUSED: Craig Paterson was too good for Robert Marshall
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Bainfield ace Craig Paterson produced a superb performance to beat Edinburgh legend Robert Marshall in the District 15 finals of the national championships at Carrick Knowe last night.

Paterson was going head to head with his bowling idol but, as a former colleague of Marshall at Slateford, he wasn’t overawed by his massive reputation and was always on the front foot as he won 21-14 in 18 ends.

The finals attracted a big crowd and Paterson drew loud applause when, on the opening end of the singles, he faced three shots against him before successfully striking the head for a two-shot conversion.

That sparked a run of 1, 1, 2 to lead 6-0 and Paterson later reflected that the exhilarating drama on the first end had quickly settled any apprehension he may have had in facing Marshall. It also gave Paterson possession of the jack and he capitalised on that to cast it short to three-quarter and proceeded to build better heads than Marshall, who, when the opportunity arose, opted to go full length.

Marshall, 50, burst on to the scene with a couple of 2s to 4 but Paterson kept the 2010 national runner-up subdued by reeling off a run of 1, 2, 3 to lead 12-4 before answering the loss of a double with a 3, 1 reply to take full control at 16-6.

Marshall showed menace with counts of 1 and 3 to 10 then discovered for sure that it wasn’t going to be his night when Paterson fluked a 4 to 20, having benefited from an unintended slice on the jack.

Paterson was in the driving seat but Marshall can never be written off and he stirred up the banking with successive doubles to 14. However, Paterson, the three-in-a-row Bainfield champion, triggered victory with a single to 21 on end 18. “Robert has always been my idol since starting my career at Slateford as a junior so to beat him in something as high profile as a District final has me feeling over the moon,” said Paterson.

The honours in the Junior singles went to Sighthill 24-year-old Ross Noble, who kicked on from 11-11 to 18 with a run of 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, then answered the loss of a single with a magic count of 3 on end 17 to clinch a 21-12 win over Stuart Hogarth of Beechwood.

“I settled to the pace of the green so frequently altered the mat placing to keep Stuart guessing,” said Noble. “But despite that I was being challenged with 4 against at 14-11 up until getting out of jail with a last-bowl draw for a single to 15.”

It was Slateford’s night in the pairs, with the partnership of Scott Brunton and John Ramsay carding a 6 to lead 19-6 before going onto score a 28-11 win over Sean Alexander and Bryan Low of Colinton Mains.

Corstorphine produced a whirlwind finish of 2, 4, 1, 2 to win the triples, with Clint Cassidy, Bernie Callaghan and David McNiven storming to a 20-12 win over Fraser Milligan, Mark Hewitt and Malcolm Weir of Whitehouse & Grange.

The Fisher brothers, John at third and David at skip, combined with Halley Cockburn and Greg Smith to deliver a 15-9 win for Colinton against John Brooks, Derek Burns, Paul Manson and Gavin Thomson of Mayfield in the fours.