Sighthill have been crowned Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles champions after beating Slateford 3-1 in the final at Wardie.
Wins for Graeme Eddington, Stuart Isbister and Ross Moody delivered the title for a Sighthill camp already on a high having run away with the Division 5 crown in their debut season in the Edinburgh Bowling League. A major contribution came too from Gary Connelly, who succeeded in keeping Slateford legend Robert Marshall in check.
While Connelly didn’t win his match, he didn’t lose either, having produced a heroic effort that kept Marshall on the green until the time came that the result of their head-to-head was no longer a significant contributor to the destination of the title.
Marshall, a 20-times club champion at Slateford, had zipped into a 13-4 lead after 11 ends, However, some 12 ends later, the outcome was still unsettled. Marshall had come under intense pressure with Connelly closing to within a single shot at 17-16. The Slateford ace answered that menace with a 3 to 20 on end 23 but the tie remained unfinished as other outcomes had clinched a 3-1 victory for Sighthill.
The clinching victory came courtesy of Moody, who had gained a 14-8 edge over former Edinburgh Open champion Andrew Ramsay then went challenged at 19-18 before hitting 21 with a double on the 23rd end.
Sighthill had started the final with a bang as Eddington powered to a 21-5 win over Davy Ross in a super-quick 13 ends having blitzed his opponent 14-4 over the first nine ends.
Isbister enjoyed a whirlwind start to lead Gordon Ramsay 12-3 after ten ends, then stormed to a 21-12 win in 19 ends.
Slateford gained some respite with Graham McAdam battling on well from 15-14 up to capture the 21-18 scalp of John McDermott.