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.
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.
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.