Grandstand finish gives Dougie Berwick East Lothian title

Dougie Berwick produced a grandstand finish to clinch a second title in the Gents Singles Championship at East Lothian IBC with the 58-year-old beating Mark Johnston 21-9 in 17 ends.

Tuesday, 19th April 2016, 6:00 am
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The opening exchanges were nip and tuck with the master scoreboard showing a 7-7 deadlock after eight ends, and entering the 12th the battle for supremacy was still being hard fought with Berwick marginally in front at 10-9.

Berwick carded what turned out to be a magic double that pushed him in to a 12-9 lead and sparked an explosive continuation of 2, 1, 3, 2, 1 to hit 21 in quite magnificent fashion.

The jubilant 2016 champion was adding to his title triumph of 2012 and denying his opponent a third capture of the coveted crown with Johnston previously ruling as the stadium king pin in 2001 and 2010.

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Joe Mower and Ewan Fallen fought it out for the Junior Singles title and it turned out to be a real firecracker that lasted 23 ends and went right down to the wire.

Both finalists had high profile current-season external form to their credit with Mower reigning as the Word Under-25 Singles champion and Fallen as the Scottish Champion, and it was Fallen that made the first impression.

He made a blitz start to lead the Welsh import – recently crowned world champion – 10-1 after five ends but Mower flashed a warning signal in the shape of a 2, 3, 3 fight back that fired him into contention at 10-9 down.

Fallen answered that testing pressure with an advancement to 15-11 however, Mower showed spirit to produce a purple patch run of 2, 1, 1, 2 that transformed the picture 17-15 in his favour.

Mower was tested at 17-16 and 18-17 then at 20-19 he faced game against him but conjured up a wonder-bowl to pick up the jack and card the title-winning single.