Hillside in last four after win over Carrick Knowe

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Hillside BC are celebrating today, with one of the Capital’s oldest clubs (est 1870) making progress to the semi-finals of the Edinburgh Top Ten Championship with a surprise victory over holders Carrick Knowe.

Last night’s quarter-final saw home team Hillside score good wins in the pairs and fours to earn a 4-4 share of the points, then go on to an 18-shot win.

BJ Smith played a major role in Hillside’s 67-49 triumph as he skipped Kenny Logan, Peter Brown and Graham Laidlaw to a whopping 18-5 win in the fours over Kevin Tennant, Bob Mitchell, Johnny Priestley and Colin Mitchell.

Kevin Moncur and Colin Hairs had already inflicted an 18-7 defeat on Craig Aitken and Richard Tough in the pairs, and the visitors had got off to an encouraging start when Paul O’Donnell delivered a battling 21-17 victory over Gary Muir.

In the triples, Ian McKenna, Graham Pringle and James Hogg hit back from 2-10 to win 16-14 against Malky Thom, Alan Tough and Colin Bell.

The opposition to Hillside in their semi-final at Balerno on Saturday, August 23 comes from another surprise package in Edinburgh West End, who beat former champions Sighthill in a thrilling climax.

Visitors Sighthill made their presence felt with wins in the singles (just) and fours but West End had their measure in the triples and pairs (just) and edged victory by 64-62.

John McDermott trailed Donnie Gilbertson 20-17 in the singles and saved game against him twice on the penultimate end to card a 2 to 19 then added a further two – after an umpire’s measure – to win 21-20.

Sighthill went 4-0 up on points when Ross Noble traded on an early 8-0 lead to skip Jamie Ronaldson, Graham Wood and Adam Melrose to a 19-11 win in the fours over Duncan McLaren, Neil McRae, Murray Baillie and Graham Hockaday.

West End opened the triples with a super count of 6 and it inspired Keith Gellaitry, Ian Farquharson and Peter Gibbs into a 15-2 lead and onwards to a 19-9 win over Les Ronaldson, Scott Chalmers and Scott Lyell.

With the pairs score 13-13 playing the final end, and the match result in the melting pot, the home camp celebrated when Ray Dorans and Moray Tait carded the winning single against Graeme Eddington and Stuart Isbister.