Division 5 Bruntsane shock Division 1 champs

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Brunstane parade their skills in Division 5 of the Edinburgh Bowling League so it was the major upset of the season when their trio of Ron Semray, Bruce Young and Tom Gallagher landed the Triples title in the ABT Machine Tools-sponsored finals played at Hillside.

Especially as their spectacular 17-4 victory was achieved at the expense of Division 1 champions Craigentinny represented by top players Craig McCall, George Johnstone and David Brown.

And it added an extra dimension of delight and amusement to their title celebrations that McCall and Johnstone were former colleagues of theirs at Brunstane before switching their careers from the bottom division of the EBL to the top one.

Under normal circumstances the huge gulf in class between Division 5 and the champions of Division 1 would have had the underdogs beaten in their heads before they started but having rubbed shoulders with Craig and George the overawed factor was wiped out.

“We came into the final pretty well relaxed and fired up with a determination to put up a show however we didn’t quite expect to turn the form book so totally on its head,” said Young.

The first signs of a miracle result in the offing came early with Brunstane making a blitz start of 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 4 that powered them into a 10-0 lead after six ends then, by the completion of the ninth end, they had the hot favourites at their 13-1 mercy.

Brown –like McCall a member of the E&L team that won this season’s Hamilton Trophy – skipped his trio to a hat-trick of singles to 4 but it only proved to be a mini rally with Brunstane climaxing the final with a 3, 1 reply.

The busy banking at Hillside was also kept intrigued by the developments in the Pairs final featuring Jim Conner and Jamie Gunn of Corstorphine against Grant Walker and Jim Mellis of Blackhall.

Corstorphine looked nailed on for the title celebrations when zipping into a 10-4 lead after eight ends but Blackhall managed to turn the tables with a strong comeback to cross 12-11 after 13.

A nailbiting climax saw Corstorphine card two singles to 13-12 then Gunn smashed the jack through the head for a thrilling 2-shot conversion on the penultimate end and held on to celebrate a 15-13 victory.