East Linton Bowling Club is basking in the limelight of being crowned the ELBA Jubilee Cup (Top Ten) champions for a record extending 21st time following a shot margin victory over EL-Coop in last Saturday’s climax to an event that earns the winners a passport into next year’s national tournament.Read More
The final was hard fought affair with the points shared 4-4 but wins in the Singles and Pairs combined to give East Linton a handsome 12 shot superiority over their Tranent based opponents. “We approached the final with a strong focus knowing that EL-Coop would be formidable opposition so it is a great pleasure to have played so well as a team and be rewarded with the title”, said an East Linton spokesperson.
Colin Murdoch and Alan Clydesdale played the major role for East Linton as they delivered an inspiring and match winning result when they inflicted 24-11 misery on Steven Mackie and Chris Fallen in the Pairs. Their 13 shot contribution to the shot margin bank became the dominant factor in the destination of the title and a 21-16 triumph in the Singles over Ross Thomson triggered the East Linton celebrations. The title clinching performance being served up by Graham Bell. The Triples clash was a cracking encounter before the EL-Coop trio of Craig Cochrane, Gordon Pryde and Paul McLaren enjoyed a 15-12 success against Calum Blair, Keith Fender and Grant Fender while the Fours battle was also won by EL-Coop as David Young, Duncan Hogg, Steven White and Stephen Cochrane inflicted 18-13 pain on Alan Christie, David Waugh, Colin Kennedy and Keith Hamilton. In the earlier semi-final action, East Linton saw off the challenge of Gifford while EL-Coop defeated Dunbar.
The East Lothian senior side paid the ultimate price of campaign failure for a lack lustre home performance against table toppers West Fife at West Barns that saw them suffer a damaging 17 shot defeat (74-57) in the penultimate match in the Inter-County Senior League Cup for the Matt Purdie Trophy. The stakes were extremely high as victory for the garden county ‘auld yins’ would see them go into the final round of matches with live chance of still winning the section and it was expected they would be suitably fired up for the challenge. It was West Fife though the produced a lion hearted team effort and richly deserved the victory.
“The strong winds swirling about the West Barns green made playing conditions very difficult but it was the same for both teams and West Fife adapted to it much better and we wish them the very best of luck in the final”, said team convenor Andy Burt. Defeat on three rinks saw Alastair Russell (+9) the only skip to deliver an East Lothian win while George Cowan grabbed a peel with team captain Tom Young (-5), Alan Morgan (-8) and John Murray (-13) all suffering setbacks. The side is back in action on Monday and finish off the campaign at East Calder against West Lothian. At the time of this report going to print no team news had been announced.
The champagne corks were popping at EL-Coop Bowling Club last Sunday evening after they captured the ELBA Brown Trophy with a strong display to beat Aberlady at Tranent (Polson Park) in a thrilling final. There were also scenes of jubilation at Haddington Bowling Club after they captured the ELBA East Lothian News Trophy following victory over Winton in the final played at Elphinstone BC.
In a night of major shocks in Division 1 of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Leagues last Friday night it was Gifford who stole the headlines with a stunning 8-0 home win over leaders Tranent in fixture number 15 of the 18-match campaign.
It is a result that shoots Gifford up and into the lofty heights of seventh place in the league table and with only three fixtures, remaining it will be seen by them as strong protection from being sucked back into the relegation zone as the campaign enters its finale. The consolation result of the night for leaders Tranent came with the news that second placed EL-Coop had also slipped up big time when they also suffered an 8-0 defeat at Haddington. The great result for Haddington has ignited their challenge for the title as they only now trail the leaders by five points. Third placed Cockenzie & Port Seton remain very much in the title mix as they were well enough pleased with a 5-3 win away to relegation threatened Prestongrange and are now just four points off the pace. West Barns helped their cause to beat the drop with a hard earned 4-4 draw at East Linton to stand them six points clear of foot of the table Elphinstone who kept their hopes of beating the drop very much alive with a fine 6-2 home win against Castlepark.
A fantastic night of bowling action in Division 1 looks assured on Friday evening as the top four clubs face up to each other in what is being labelled as ‘judgement night’ in the race for the title. Leaders Tranent are at home and entertain Haddington while it is second against third when EL-Coop visits Cockenzie & Port Seton. In the battle to beat the drop relegation zoned sides Elphinstone and Prestongrange both face tricky away assignments at East Linton and West Barns respectively while Gifford visit Castlepark. All clubs are reminded that the remaining fixtures of the season, including all ELBA County Championship ties, must all commence at the earlier start time of 6.30pm.
Just a reminder that 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.
You can now keep up-to-date with all that is happening on the outdoor bowling scene in the garden county by following the website by East Lothian Bowling Association. All bowlers are urged to view by clicking on www.eastlothianbowls.com