Postal start to stamp their authority on Edinburgh Bowling League

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Postal’s second spell as a Division 1 club in the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League started slowly but the outlook is getting brighter after a 7-2 victory over Brunstane.

The strugglers have moved within touching distance of Hillside and Tanfield and, with five games still to play, there is optimism in the camp of last year’s Division 2 champions.

Hillside have a five-point advantage over their relegation-zoned rivals but are breathing heavy sighs of relief after dishing out a 9-0 hammering to Tanfield, pulling their victims into the bottom three.

Craigentinny took another giant stride towards capturing the title for a record-extending ninth time, rampaging to an impressive 8-1 triumph away to Northern which took the defending champions a massive 20 points clear at the top.

Parkside are the second-placed chasers but their challenge continues to look weak following a 7-2 hammering at third-placed Maitland.

• MIDLOTHIAN’S commanding 130-105 victory over East Lothian at Rosslyn sentenced the defending Hamilton Trophy champions to oblivion while clinching a smashing seven-wins-out-of-seven record for the East section table-toppers.

East Lothian were left to count the cost of an earlier home defeat by a previous winless Fife County which allowed West Lothian to snatch second place.

Midlothian showed no mercy in putting East Lothian to the sword with wins on five rinks skipped by Graeme Archer, Colin Bonner, Scott Briggs, David Peacock, and Danny McDougall.

Archer was the destroyer in chief with the world stage star skipping Neil Linton, Andy Buerle and Colin Macfarlane to a 30-17 win over Scott Kennedy while Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, Stuart Roseburgh and Bonner pitched in with a 23-11 win over the normally resolute Brian Young.

Other scores: S Briggs 22, Billy Mellors 19; D Peacock 20, Steven Morgan 17; D McDougall 17, John McCrorie 16; Colin Walker 18 Alister Kennedy 25.