Bonnyrigg dent Kirkliston bowlers record bid

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Kirkliston made a bold bid to extend their record number of wins from four to five in The Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Inter-County Top Ten Championship but the West Lothian champions lost to Bonnyrigg in the final at Colinton.

The final was a tense affair that went down to the wire with a 4-4 share of the points making it a shot margin climax after Kirkliston had won the triples and fours but lost out in the singles and pairs.

Defeat in the pairs was an unexpected catastrophe with international caps Steven Forrest and Neil Speirs not only failing to deliver but suffering a damaging 12-shot setback at the 21-9 hands of Calum Redpath and John Stevenson.

The Bonnyrigg partnership carded a five at end seven then added two singles to set up a commanding 12-3 lead then at 14-6 they piled the pressure on Kirkliston with a run of 3,1,3 to 21 bringing hope of title triumph to their camp.

The pairs were second off and followed the main drama of the final that had featured the clash in the singles between former national champion Raymond Logan and current cap Ronnie Duncan.

Logan opened with a three but soon fell 10-3 behind however he produced a strong 2,(1),4,2 rally to stand all square at 11-11 before trading a three and adding a single to nose into a 15-14 lead.

A three to regain the driving seat at 19-17 answered pressure at 17-16 down but three ends later the outcome hung in the balance with the score deadlocked at 20-20 after 21 entertaining ends.

It was Logan’s jack and he opted to cast it full length, in conjunction with a short mat placement, prompting a murmur on the banking that he was about to attempt the spectacular challenge of ditching the jack with his opening bowl.

The murmur proved correct but the gamble failed to produce the hoped for reward with Logan’s effort carrying wide of its target and thereby swinging the advantage to his opponent.

Duncan made the best of his opportunity by building a good head that included a bowl nestling behind the jack and which turned out to be the winnert.

Logan has produced numerous exciting strokes - that are beyond most - in a glittering career so his bold decision to go for a bare jack with his first bowl was within his compass.

Grant Logan was shaping up as a saviour in the fours where after 10-ends the Scotland captain to be had skipped Robbie Cuthell, Gordon Logan, and Mark Allison into a 15-5 lead over Scott Lees, Scott Matthews, Lindsay Plenderleith and Tam Russell.

Bonnyrigg knew they had a big prize to fight for and caused Kirkliston pain by fighting back and limiting the damage of their defeat to 18-13.

The triple lost a six at end eight to trail 9-7 but Colin Smith, John Aitken and Calum Logan showed their battling qualities from 10-8 down to beat Neil Linton, Jack Hanlan and Kevin McDougall 14-10.

By this time Kirkliston needed a six on the final end to steal the title and they delayed the Bonnyrigg celebrations by burning the jack twice.