Ten more reasons for Carrick Knowe to celebrate best-ever season

CARRICK KNOWE Bowling Club is today celebrating its most successful season since formation in 1955.

The latest prize – the Edinburgh Top Ten title – was especially pleasurable as it is the first time the club has got its name on the coveted trophy and victory brings passage into the 2009 national championship.

The final at the Dean pitched Carrick Knowe against Water of Leith rivals Currie and their 5-3 points victory was clinched by wins in the Singles and Triples supported by a peel in the Pairs.

Currie did make a major impression on the final with a double-figure win in the Fours and that might have proved significant but for the fact that Carrick Knowe were flying even higher in the Triples.

"The performance of our triple was a calming influence on our attitude under pressure," said the club's 35-year old champion Colin Mitchell as he reflected on James Hogg skipping Ian McKenna and Johnny Priestley to a 20-4 win.

Hogg and Co opened with all guns blazing and counts of 3, 3, 2, (1), 1, 2, 1 shot them into a 12-1 lead that managed to knock the stuffing out of talented opposition trio of Graham Fergus, Gordon Hill and David Hill. Triples is a longer format to complete so the first points to reach the Carrick Knowe bag were contributed by spearhead figure Richard Tough who recovered from 8-2 down to peel at 11 then accelerated to a 21-13 win over the not easy to beat Andrew McKendrick in the Singles.

That defeat was a real setback to Currie, however they had reason to feel more buoyant in the Pairs with Campbell Neill and Grant Fisher having Craig Aitken and Mitchell at their 18-12 mercy.

But Mitchell is never a write-off and this season's successful captain of Scotland skipped his partner to a 1, 2, 2 revival then producing a brilliant noser with his last bowl to finish 18-18 and so steal a valuable point.

It all left Currie to dream of what might have been as they cheered the consolation of Kenny Melville skipping Dean Fleming, Hugh Thomson and Paul Anderson to a 25-14 win over Kevin Tennant, Graham Pringle Alan Poole and Darren Hush.

"This win ices the cake of a season that saw the club win its first-ever national title thanks to Darren Hush and James Hogg in the Pairs and after some heartbreaking near misses finally land the Water of Leith 1st Sixteens' league title," summed up 13-times club champion Mitchell.