The East Lothian senior side saw their undefeated run in Section 2 of the Inter County Senior League Cup for the Matt Purdie Trophy abruptly ended by a surprise 5 shot defeat (66-61) from local rivals Midlothian at Musselburgh BC last Monday. Despite the setback the garden county ‘auld yins’ were still cheering as they were confirmed section winners with one round of fixtures still to play after chief rivals West Fife slipped to a banana skin defeat against Borders.Read More
“The playing surface at Musselburgh was fast but very tricky and a lot of our players struggled to adapt to the conditions. We are delighted to have won the section but we will need to improve if we are to go all the way”, reflected team convenor Tom Young.
A good 7 shot win on the rink skipped by Young was the best East Lothian could muster with Andy Burt salvaging a peel; but Alan Morgan (-8), George Cowan (-3) and Alistair Russell (-1) all lost. The side’s final qualifying fixture is on Monday when they have home advantage at Cockenzie & Port Seton against Borders. Team convenor Tom Young makes a number of personnel changes as he brings in Jim Murray (Dunbar), John P Hamilton (West Barns), Kenny Morgan (Cockenzie & Port Seton) and Davie Pryde (Macmerry) at the expense of Ian James, Kenny Glen, Bobby Scott and Kenny Boyd. The team reads:- D.Hogg (ELCO), J.Murray (Dun), A.Valentine (ELCO), T.Young (Dun) skip G.McLeod (Aber), P.Fallen (Elph), D.Kennedy (W/B), G.Cowan (E/L) skip K.Morgan (C&PS), D.Pryde (Mac), J.Bonner (ELCO), A.Morgan (C&PS) skip B.Brunton (Dun), A.Jamieson (C&PS), G.Smith (ELCO), A.Burt (Hadd) skip J.P.Hamilton (W/B), J.Smith (ELLC), D.Arnott (ELCO), A.Russell (Tra) skip Reserves: I.James (ELCO), K.Glen (Elph), B.Scott (Mac), K.Boyd (ELCO) Any player selected who is unable to play is requested to contact team convenor Tom Young immediately on 07759 435750. All players, including named reserves, to report at Cockenzie & Port Seton BC for 11.15am.
Defending national champions Tranent Bowling Club progressed through to the last eight of this year’s Inter-County Top Five Singles Championships for the Andrew D Mackellar Trophy following a hard-fought home victory over Stirlingshire East champions Bainsford BC in last Sunday’s first round action at Polson Park. The East Lothian champions now face an away fixture against opposition from either Paisley or Perth club on a date still to be confirmed.
Meanwhile huge congratulations to EL-Coop and Scotland star Megan Kivlin and her partner Carla Banks on winning the prestigious Whitehall BC Invitation Ladies Pairs tournament in Aberdeen last weekend.
Haddington are the new outright leaders in Division 1 of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Bowling Leagues with their latest 8-0 victory at home to Elphinstone good enough to punish the shock 6-2 defeat of long time leaders EL-Coop at home to foot of the table Haddington A. The reward for Haddington was leapfrogging EL-Coop into a five-point lead and the prospect of a thrilling climax to a three-horse race involving them, EL-Coop and defending champions Cockenzie & Port Seton. Cockenzie & Port Seton moved up to second place having done well to escape a tough visit to Tranent with a 6-2 win. The battle for survival is also set to go right down to the wire with only five points separating the bottom three sides, namely Haddington A, West Barns and Tranent. East Linton’s hard fought 6-2 win at home against West Barns ensured they won’t have any relegation issues going into the final two fixtures of the campaign. Castlepark entertained Dunbar and emerged with a 6-2 triumph.
Friday night’s penultimate round of fixtures in Division 1 promises to be real humdingers with the stakes sky high when Cockenzie & Port clash with fellow title contenders Haddington. EL-Coop have a great chance to stay in the title mix when they make the trip up the A1 to tackle relegation zoned West Barns. In the battle to beat the drop it’s a massive encounter between Haddington A and Tranent. Elsewhere Elphinstone host Castlepark while Dunbar entertains East Linton. All clubs are reminded that the remaining league fixtures and ELBA County Championship ties must commence at 6.30pm.
All club secretaries are requested to ensure that all league and cup results, including shots aggregate score, are phoned into ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender on 01620 860217 or via text message 07786 110416 immediately after each match.
The most prestigious cup competition of the domestic outdoor calendar will reach its conclusion this weekend as four clubs will battle it out to win the ELBA Top Ten Championship for the Jubilee Cup. The semi-finals will be staged at neutral venues on Saturday afternoon from 1pm and it features EL-Coop against Elphinstone at Cockenzie & Port Seton BC while at Haddington BC defending champions Cockenzie & Port Seton tackle Tranent. The final is on Sunday at 1pm and will be staged at Castlepark BC with the eventual winners going onto represent East Lothian in the national equivalent next season.
Turning attention to the fast approaching indoor season and officials at East Lothian IBC are requesting that any existing or new teams wishing to enter the leagues that haven’t already done so should contact them via the club website (www.elibc.co.uk) or Facebook page by no later than 31st August. Anyone requiring further information should email firstname.lastname@example.org