Stephen Pringle clinches EBL Under-25 Singles title

Stephen Pringle produced a strong display to win the Under-25 Singles title
Stephen Pringle produced a strong display to win the Under-25 Singles title
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STEPHEN PRINGLE iced the cake of Carrick Knowe’s debut season in the Edinburgh Bowling League by capturing the Under-25 Singles title in the finals of the Buyrite Bathrooms-sponsored Knockout Championships.

Pringle, 22, produced a strong second-half performance to beat 18-year-old Mark McIntosh of Maitland 21-12 in 23 ends at Summerside.

Bainfield's Stuart Clark and Brian Stoddart

Bainfield's Stuart Clark and Brian Stoddart

The victory completed an EBL hat-trick for Carrick Knowe, who had already bagged the Division 5 title and Knockout Plate Cup.

McIntosh made an encouraging start to lead 4-0 but faced a 9-5 deficit just five ends later having added a single between suffering the loss of 2, 2, 3, 2.

The next five ends produced singles of 3-2 in favour of Pringle, who then raced to a 14-9 lead after 15 ends.

Pringle was concentrating on long jack lengths and kept his opponent stretched with a crisp run of 1, 1, 2, 1, 1 to 20-9. Three ends later, he carded the winning single.

“Mark made me battle hard and to be crowned Junior champion of the EBL at my first attempt is a great feeling,” reflected Pringle.

Meanwhile, Carrick Knowe were denied a double in the Pairs final as Bainfield’s Stuart Clark and Brian Stoddart claimed the glory.

National champions Graham Pringle (Fours) and James Hogg (Pairs & Fours) represented Carrick Knowe and, with peels called at 8-8 after 11 ends, a melting-pot situation had developed.

Bainfield led 11-9 entering the 16th and penultimate end where Carrick Knowe carded a sizzling double that made it peels playing the last.

Pringle – father of just-crowned Junior Champion Stephen – elected to take the mat for a walk up the green. Then, encouraged by the shortness of the jack length, decided to try and ditch it with his opening bowl. The gamble didn’t pay off, resulting in the match-winning single for Bainfield.