Sighthill call shots in final to clinch Top Ten honours

Sighthill are Edinburgh Top Ten champions for 2017
Sighthill are Edinburgh Top Ten champions for 2017
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Sighthill will represent the Capital in next season’s Scottish Inter-County Top Ten Championship having been crowned the 2017 Virgin Trains-sponsored champions of Edinburgh.

Their wins in the Singles and Fours combined with success for opponents Tanfield in the Pairs and Triples produced a 4-4 deadlock on points at Postal BC but a 72-63 shot aggregate clinched the title for Sighthill.

In the Singles, Tanfield’s Liam McKay, 21, faced 30-year-old John McDermott with the latter escaping from the jaws of defeat by serving up a sizzling run of 2, 2, 1 to snatch a dramatic 
21-20 victory. Peels had been called at 8-8, 10-10 and 14-14 but it was McKay who broke the deadlock with a brilliant conversation that yielded him three shots and a lead of 18-16. Then, two singles to 20 set the pulse rates racing in the Tanfield camp. McDermott saved game against him twice with conversions of the head bringing him a 2, 2 reward to stand 20-20 then he did enough on a do-or-die end to card the winning single.

In the Pairs, Tanfield’s Stuart McKean and Stuart Campbell powered through with a four-end run of 3, 1, 2, 1 that transformed a 12-8 deficit into a 15-12 win over Adam Melrose and Graeme Eddington. Robert White of Tanfield carded 1, 4, 2, 3 to skip Graeme Swan and Charlie McLaren from 5-14 to a 15-14 win over Aaron Donald, Scott Lyell and Stuart Isbister in the Triples.

But Sighthill held the upper hand in the Fours where a 14-5 lead for Ross Moodie, David Connelly, Ross Noble and Gary Connelly withstood the later loss of a six to deliver a 25-15 win over Calum Munro, Marshall Shearer, David 
Snodgrass and Andy McNab.