WILLOWBRAE’S Craig Duffus claimed the Singles title in the Buyrite Bathrooms-sponsored knockout championships of the Edinburgh Bowling League.
Duffus, 28, beat David Fisher of Colinton 21-20 in a dramatic and tense final at Summerside.
Duffus, a three-times club champion, trailed his opponent – a six-times club kingpin and E&L captain in this season’s Hamilton Trophy – 10-4 after six ends.
“Summerside runs faster than Willowbrae and I was finding it difficult to find a consistency of good weight in the early stages,” admitted Duffus.
But he suddenly came good in the shape of a stunning six-end spell that saw him card 2, 3, (2), 4, 1, 2, and accelerated him into a 16-12 lead.
Fisher hit back with a three to 15 before Duffus got back on track with a single to 17.
But the experienced Fisher conjured up a magic run of 1, 1, 2, 1 that took him to the brink of a title victory at 20-17.
However, end 19 turned out to be a nightmare for Fisher and a dream for Duffus as his stunning four shots clinched a spectacular victory.
Fisher had been a touch unlucky in his build-up play, resulting in Duffus holding three excellent shots with one bowl to play. The Willowbrae man found nerves of steel just when he needed them and, with a two-foot margin to work in, brilliantly added shot No.4.
Meanwhile, the Seniors Fours made it a double for Willowbrae as George Wood skipped Bert Munro, Jim Cassels and current club champion Ian Paterson to a handsome 17-8 title victory over Parkside.
The game-changing moments came in a three-end period that yielded counts of 2, 3, 2 and pushed Willowbrae into a 15-5 lead over Tom Hogg, Jack Logan, David Moran and Martin Quinn.