Linlithgow mark anniversary with Rosebery Cup win

Linlithgow BC celebrate their victory
Linlithgow BC celebrate their victory
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Linlithgow BC have iced the cake of their 150th anniversary celebrations by capturing the Rosebery Cup.

They produced a strong finish to beat host club Newbridge by nine shots (81-72) in an epic final played over an extended 21 ends.

It is win No.7 for Linlithgow in the competition while Newbridge were failing to emulate their 1977 triumph that remains their only success so far.

After 17 ends, Newbridge held all the aces in the shape of a nine-shot lead (66-57) and they retained a winning edge at six up (68-62) after 18.

End 19 will become part of Linlithgow folklore as a spectacular 12-1 fightback transformed the final in its closing moments.

Linlithgow led 74-69 and the Black Bitches triggered the victory salute with further counts of 4-1 and 3-2.

Graeme Byrne carded a phenomenal run from end 16 of 2, 4, 3, 5, (1) 1 to skip Linlithgow’s Mark Mulholland, Gary Porteous and Scott Murphy to a 26-15 win over Thomas Mann.

Steven Fleming stood 15-15 with two ends to play against Greg Baldry then skipped Andrew Grimshaw Jnr, Colin Stein and Mark Graham to a 2, 2, finish and a 19-15 win.

Gary Orr skipped Andrew Cruickshank, Fraser Simpson and Ian McMahon to a vital 4 at the 19th and single at the 20th in a 21-18 defeat by Alec Allan.

Gary Smith and his rink of Derek Cochrane, David Hamilton and David Alexander were always on the back foot but produced a spirited 3, 1 finish in their 21-18 defeat to Blair Mackie.