Bowls: Carrick Knowe chase record

CARRICK KNOWE bowlers have retained the Water of Leith First Sixteen's bowls league and are aiming to celebrate in style.

"With just one more fixture to fulfil there is talk that our final points tally will be a record in over 100 years of the WoL history," said Colin Mitchell.

Mitchell was very subdued however on another subject as the recent Scotland captain had just learned, via the SBA website, that his name had been removed from the select High Performance List of players from which the 2010 Commonwealth Games team will emerge.

"Not the best way to find out," said Mitchell who was a member of the 2006 team for the Melbourne Games.

Mitchell was in tip-top form for Carrick Knowe helping the club to a 4-1 away win over Colinton that moved them onto 70 points, some 14.5 ahead of closest rivals Sighthill.

Mitchell carded a sizzling six early on and skipped Robert Mitchell, Bill Little and Keven Tennant to a monster 28-8 victory over Colinton champion David Fisher.

Double-figure wins were also chalked by the rinks of Freddy Carter, Dougie Balio, Graham Pringle and James Hogg, also Ian McKenna, Colin Spence, John Mitchell and Richard Tough.

But Colinton's Bill Watson did inflict an eight-shot defeat on Darren Hush, Rab Hush, Blair Paton and Alan Poole.

Bainfield remain in third place on 49 points, their latest result being a 4.5-0.5 defeat away to middle of the table Beechwood.

Sighthill have the Second Sixteen's title in the bag with their latest 4-1 away win over Currie giving them 63.5 points to the 57.5 of second placed Bainfield.