Summerside relinquish cup in Craigentinny powerplay

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The reign of Summerside as holders of the Specsavers-sponsored EBL Edinburgh Cup is over but there was no disgrace in defeat for the Division 2 club who made a semi-final exit to current Division 1 leaders Craigentinny.

Craigentinny overwhelmed last season’s cup winners to storm through to the final with a 10-2 points victory, having had the measure of their opposition on five of the six rinks.

The holders were far from being cannon fodder, however, and made one gesture of defiance with Keith Taylor skipping Grant Abercrombie, Stuart Ramsay and Ross Nisbet to a commanding 26-12 victory.

It was a Craigentinny big gun that was overpowered on home territory in the shape Andrew Caldwell and his rink of David Torrance, Stuart McFarlane and Gary Nisbet.

But former Tait Trophy champion Peter Miller felt the full force of a Craigentinny onslaught and collapsed to a 23-4 defeat by Bill Leslie, Daniel Gormley Snr, Scott Rogers and Gordon Bold.

There was no sign of magic dust from former E&L captain David Poole as he crashed to a 28-7 defeat by Stuart Betts, Grant McLaren, David Brown and Willie McDonald.

Summerside would have hoped for better outcomes on their home leg but the nearest they came was the 15-12 defeat of Jim Currie at the hands of Darren Smith, John Shields, James Frame and Kevin McFarlane.

Tony McLaren piled on the agony by skipping Ramsay Stewart, Liam Gordon and Jimmy Marshall to a 24-12 win over Paul Jeromson having cashed in on counts of 4 and 5 to lead 18-5.

Andy Jeffrey was being tested at 10-7 up on Gordon Walker but responded well to skip Craig McCall, Ian Duncan and Kevin Hunter to a 20-10 victory.

Meanwhile, Parkside justified the formbook in the other semi-final, the reigning Division 1 champions enjoying a 10-2 win over Northern.The hosts landed their only blow with a great performance that saw Gary Harrison, Darren Prentice, David Scott, and 
Gordon Wilson Jnr zip into a 20-1 lead then triumph 24-11 over Craig Bryce, Martin Hamilton, Gareth Edwards, and Robert Donaldson.

But wins for Parkside rinks skipped by Rab Gardner and Derek Smith gave the visitors the upper hand and supported a hat-trick of wins delivered by Brian Salvona (29-7), Neil Watson (17-14), and Paul Veitch (14-11).