Parkside take over at top of Alpha Trophies League

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PARKSIDE are the new leaders of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League following a 7-2 away win at Leith.

Leith, last season’s Division Two champions, have sunk to the foot of the table, overtaken by Summerside who produced a 7-2 victory at home to Queensberry who have dropped one place down to fourth on shot margin, sharing the same points as third placed Maitland whose bubble was burst in a 9-0 mauling away at Northern.

Northern are still flirting with the relegation zone but are now in touch with Hillside who are just two points above them in fifth. Hillside are strong at home and proved that once again by giving defending champions Craigentinny a 6-3 bloody nose that toppled the record seven times title-winners from the top spot.

The action at Leith saw the struggling home side encouraged by a winning performance from Gavin Ramsay who skipped Michael McBrierty, Dave Morris and Ian Ramsay to a 21-11 win over Neil Watson.

A winning outcome for the home rink did look doubtful at 8-1 down however Ramsay and Co exploded to 17 with an eight end blitz run. However, Parkside held the upper hand in their rinks skipped by Derek Smith, Robert Donaldson and Paul Veitch.

Smith zipped to a 23-7 win over Drew Dodds by skipping Brandon Maywood, Ian Fleming and Willie Watson to 14 unanswered points.

Donaldson made a 3, 5 start then remained in top gear to skip Steven Rennie, Dave Sherriffs and Danny Jackson to a 23-12 win over Robert Sloan while Graham Fraser, Alan Hargan, Brian Salvona and Paul Veitch beat Craig Ramsay 16-11.

Hillside had the measure of Craigentinny on the their rinks skipped by Gary Muir, BJ Smith and Colin Bell but were frustrated at losing the bonus point in dramatic circumstances to a 61-62 aggregate.

Smith lost a costly 4 at his last end but BJ had come from 12-5 down to skip Malky Thom, Kenny Logan and Peter Brown ton a run of 3, 1, 3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 to cross 20-13 then beat Kevin McFarlane 20-17.

Muir conceded a double on his last end but otherwise had a good game to skip John Reynolds, Steven McManus and Brian Irving to a 14-10 win over Willie McDonald..

Bell held two shots on his last end but had to settle for a single as he skipped Brian Muir, Keith McPherson and John Simpson to a 14-12 win over Andrew Caldwell while the key result for the visitors was Andy Jeffrey’s 23-13 win over Colin Hairs.

Summerside skips Keith Taylor, David Snodgrass and Peter Miller did the damage to the Queensberry cause.

Northern’s clean-sweep result over previously high-flying Maitland was in fact a close call with the rink scores reading: Jamie Reid 17, Alan Trotter 10; Gordon Wilson Jnr 18, Brian Higgins 13; Larry Sorrell 17, Alan Flockhart 16; Ian Miller 14, Graeme McIntosh 13.

The league table: Parkside 30; Craigentinny 29; Maitland 26; Queensberry 26; Hillside 23; Northern 21; Summerside 13; Leith 12.