West Lothian step up their bid for Hamilton Trophy glory with a quarterfinal match against Glasgow West at neutral venue Kilwinning this weekend and must have a strong chance of making it into the last four stage of The Cities and Counties Championship.
There is a question mark against the West Lothian formlines in the East section qualifying play having lost on three occasions but having battled into second top place in encouraging fashion there will be expectations of better things to come. The runners up in the East section face the West section winners and they come in the shape of a Glasgow West team that won six out of seven with the one defeat coming by a single shot so confidence in their camp will be high.
Team Manager Jimmy Mallon had to cope with the enforced absence of Stuart Johnston and Brian Craig and decided on the recall of Calum Logan and David Rodgers in a slightly re-shaped line up that reads. Rink 1. Ewan Shearer, Blair Mackie, Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs. Rink 2. Drew Paterson, Connor McKendrick, Calum Logan, and Grant Logan. Rink 3. Andrew Semple, James Speirs, John Aitken, and Thomas Mann. Rink 4. David Rodgers, Alec Allan, Andy Dunnett, and Steven Fleming. Rink 5. Steven Forrest, Walter McDougall, Gary Smith, and Raymond Logan. Rink 6. John Black, Jamie Aitken, Gary Orr, and Sandy McDougall. The other quarterfinal matches feature, Wigtownshire v Northern Counties; Edinburgh & Leith v Renfrewshire West; Highland v Lanarkshire South (holders).
Play in the historical home and away Livingstone Trophy embraced 30 WLBA clubs and some 480 bowlers with the top three clubs all returning wins on their four rinks resulting in Kinneil etching their name on the silverware with 8 points and a plus of 44 shots. West Calder produced a bold display in second place with 8 points and 34 shots while Broxburn came third with 8 points and 22 shots. The winning scores were; Kinneil 25 Glenmavis 8; Kinneil 1 East Calder 0; Middleton Hall 18 Kinneil 23; Ratho 8 Kinneil 29. West Calder 15 Oakbank 14; West Calder 15 Springgrove 14; Harrysmuir 13 West Calder 17; Polbeth 5 West Calder 33. Broxburn 20 Glenmavis 13; Broxburn 14 Mid Calder 13; Bankton Mains 10 Broxburn 21; Whitburn 12 Broxburn 15.
Neil Speirs skipped his rink of Ewan Shearer, James Hogg, and Stuart Hogg to a spectacular 30-10 win over Steve Farrish of England in the Home International Series at Eddlewood (Hamilton) last weekend but Scotland suffered a 113 107 defeat at the hands of The Auld Enemy. Speirs was in flying mode to lead 13-1 after seven ends then soon rocketed his score to 30-4 with a stupendous run of 2, 5, 3, 3 2, 1 1. The rink scores were, S Speirs 30 S Farrish 10; I McLean 21 S Tolchard 15; G Logan 16 J Walker 20; C Walker 16 R Newman 19; D Peacock 11 R Catton 17; D Oliver 13 D Bolt 32. Scotland 125 Wales 113; Scotland 116 Ireland 103. England won the series with 6 points (+66), followed by Scotland 4 (+19), Ireland 2 (-38), Wales 0 (-47).