Women’s bowls: McAnna and Slater to clash in final

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The semi-finals of the Edinburgh Women’s Bowling Association produced two thrilling encounters in the Singles with Sylvia McAnna of Juniper Green and Sandra Slater of Colinton emerging as the challengers for the Champion of Champions title.

The last-four action at Corstorphine saw McAnna and Alison Greenan of Wardie locked at 12-12 after 14 ends but, helped by a mat-up-the-green tactic, the Juniper Green champion stormed to 21 with a run of 2, 2, 2, 2, 1.

At Carrick Knowe, Slater took on Jackie McFarlane of Craigentinny with the ten-times Colinton champion leading 17-6 but coming under pressure as her opponent closed to 18-15. Slater, though, clinched victory with a hat-trick of singles.

In the Triples at Corstorphine, Eleanor Smith, Nicole Clifford and Jeanette Hush of Carrick Knowe were sitting pretty at 13-8 up but, in the end, they were hugely relieved to make the final with a 14-13 win over Sheena Lennie, Alison Keegan and Linda McWilliam of Juniper Green. Back at Carrick Knowe, Gina Smith of Leith was 14-11 up playing the penultimate end and killed six shots against with a brilliant last-bowl delivery to skip Mary Buchanan and Irene Wood to a 17-11 win over Jackie Donaldson, Margaret Smith and Ann Matthew of Colinton.

At Carrick Knowe in the Pairs, Currie’s Joan Ballantyne skipped Jean Smith to an 18-9 win over Merchiston’s Betty Simpson and Janet Darling.

In the Pairs at Corstorphine, Gillian Mackintosh skipped Eileen Mitchell to a 30-3 win over Celia Spence and Margaret Paton of Carrick Knowe.

Better fortune for Carrick Knowe in the Fours saw Margaret Kilpatrick skip her rink to a 15-8 win over Goldenacre while Mary Hogg skipped her Parkside rink to a 17-13 win over Currie.