Newbridge win WLBA Top Five Singles title

Newbridge celebrate winning the WLBA Top Five Singles championship
Newbridge celebrate winning the WLBA Top Five Singles championship
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Newbridge won the WLBA Top Five Singles title for a sixth time and their latest triumph came after a fine 3-2 victory over holders and record 14-times winners Kirkliston in a dramatic final at Middleton Hall.

Wins for Paul Sweeney, James Speirs and Drew Paterson tipped the scales in an epic battle as Newbridge escaped from the jaws of defeat to triumph.

Kirkliston were looking to notch a third straight title success but Calum Logan and Mark Allison were unable to dominate against Sweeney and James Speirs respectively while Steven Forrest failed to deliver the killer punch from 20-17 up against Paterson.

Sweeney, 43, swept into a 10-0 lead against Calum Logan before going on to score a commanding 21-10 victory.

That outcome was a blow to the KBC efforts but Grant Logan restored confidence within the camp by capturing the scalp of Blair Mackie, albeit he had been crossed 17-16 before hitting 21 with a 4, 1 finish.

KBC’s Neil Speirs blazed into a 15-1 lead against Thomas Mann and emerged with a resounding 21-12 victory.

James Speirs – Neil’s brother – squared the final at 2-2, the 39-year-old calling most of the shots to lead 12-4 then stay on strongly to beat Mark Allison 21-11.

The final showdown swung the title focus on the Paterson v Forrest confrontation with the latter holding leads of 15-8, 19-14 and then 20-17.

Paterson – a late sub for Greg Baldry – did well to stay in contention and the 55-year-old grabbed the title-winning glory with a fabulous 1, 2, 1 finish to win 21-20.