Jack Macnab holds nerve to capture Young Masters title

Jake Macnab of Midlothian IBC
Jake Macnab of Midlothian IBC
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Teenage bowler Jack Macnab has won the prestigious Scottish Young Masters title.

The 15-year-old, who hails from Oxgangs and attends the Kirkhill School in Edinburgh, finds himself thrust into the limelight after being hailed as ‘one for the future,’ following his nationwide exposure on BBC television.

Macnab, who represents Midlothian, faced 16-year-old Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk in the final at the Dewars Stadium, Perth, and must have thought his dreams of title glory were caving in when his opponent dominated the first set to win it 9-2, making it a hard road back what with the extra pressures of spectators, commentators and TV cameras.

It was a situation that called for composure and good decision making allied to the playing skills needed to do the job, and Macnab was well equipped for this.

He is part of a Division 1 rink at Dalkeith that comprises top-notch players Lindsay Plenderleith, Drew Pearson, Robert Campbell and international star Colin Walker, giving him a first class education in the strategies of the sport.

And this was put into great effect with the teenager introducing a short-mat at the first opportunity and the change of jack length tipped the scales in his favour as he won the second set 9-6 against his female opponent.

Dodds – the first female to reach the Masters final – won the toss on the tiebreak and was perhaps unwise to give the mat away as Macnab promptly employed his previous tactic leading to a 2-0 score that triggered celebrations.

“I am fair chuffed,” reflected Macnab who has sidelined his football career to concentrate on a sport in which he has a bright future.

He has already represented Scotland Under-17s in Belfast and is set to take part in the Young Commonwealth Games next September on the Pacific isle of Samoa. As part of his induction into the Team Scotland camp, he met one of his sporting heroes, Edinburgh Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy.