McIntosh and Higgenbotham clash for Tait Trophy

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Tonight’s final of The Tait Trophy at Mayfield BC features a clash between two former clubmates with former Tanfield star Graeme McIntosh bidding for the Edinburgh & Leith Champion of Champions title against 45-year-old Mal Higgenbotham.

McIntosh, 58, has just added to his two championship wins at Tanfield by capturing the club crown at Maitland while his record as a Single’s player includes the Edinburgh Open title at Balgreen in 1992.

Higgenbotham is a seven times champion at Tanfield and his focus is on winning the Tait for a third time having triumphed in 2005 and 2007.

Meanwhile, two sisters have won separate club titles in Edinburgh. Sandra Slater defeated Irene Ferguson in the club final at Colinton, and Alison Ross delivered a 21-11 win over Doris Bradford at Bainfield.

They are daughters of Willie Thorburn who won the 1961 Tait Trophy under the Colinton banner while their mother Cathy won the Edinburgh Open title at Balgreen in 1995.

n The climax to Division 3 of The Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League saw leaders Dudley confirm their supremacy with a 6-3 away win over second-placed Brunstane.

Corstorphine finished in third place four points adrift of Brunstane.