East Lothian icon figure Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE bid to record extending six title triumphs in the World Indoor Singles Championship to a ‘magnificent seven’ was destroyed at the first hurdle with the 50-year-old from Tranent making a shock first round exit.Read More
The No.4 seed crashed out in a straight sets defeat from Andrew Kelly of New Zealand with the Kiwi qualifier winning 6-5 and 10-2. The first-round play at Potters Leisure Resort in Norfolk also saw Marshall’s East Lothian colleague John McCrorie fail to produce anything like a best form display on his debut match in the Championships. The highly skilled and richly talented Scottish Qualifier failed to master the portable rink and crashed out to an 8-3, 10-2 defeat at the hands of fellow Scot and No.5 seed David Gourlay.
East Lothian IBC men’s side bounced back to winning ways in fine style and celebrate a resounding 42 shot victory (99-57) at home to Ardrossan in the B section of the Scottish Premier League. Six wins from eight, and with two fixtures to play, keeps the garden county stars at the head of affairs on shots aggregate but they face a major test on Saturday as they are away to joint leaders West Lothian. “We started the game in the correct manner and dominated it from start to finish. Everything is now set up very nicely for a sizzling section decider against West Lothian”, commented team captain Dougie Berwick.
Three winning rinks skipped by Graham Robertson (+22), Billy Mellors (+13) and Scott Kennedy (+7), were supported by a peel from Derek Oliver. The big team news from the East Lothian camp ahead of penultimate fixture against West Lothian on Saturday is the return to the line-up of influential figure Alex Marshall following his early than expected exit from the World Indoor Championships. Marshall’s young nephew Dean Riva is also recalled after missing the action last week due to a hand injury. On a negative note the experienced duo of Mark Johnston and Joe Mower are high profile absentees in a slighty recast line-up that reads:- E.Fallen, K.Cunningham, W.W.Wood MBE, G.Robertson skip M.Yuill, D.Berwick (capt), S.W.Thomson, A.Marshall MBE skip L.Middler, D.Riva, S.Kennedy, B.Mellors skip L.Betts, D.Sked, J.Higgins, D.Oliver skip
The ladies side first major stumble in the East Premier Division of the Scottish Ladies League will probably prove to be a costly one after they endured a nightmare heavy defeat at the hands of chief rivals Midlothian in their final match in the section play. Midlothian’s whopping 60 shot supremacy (115-55) was the outcome of a sensational team performance that saw the Dalkeith challengers inflict the pain of defeat on all four East Lothian rinks.
“It can only be described as a very bad day at the office for us and the nature of the defeat means if Midlothian now win their final fixture away to East Fife they will finish top of the section on shots”, said a dejected team manager Gordon Pryde.
East Lothian went into the match boasting an undefeated record of seven wins out of seven but the hopes of making it eight wins in a row never ever looked likely as Midlothian led from start to finish and held the upper hand on all three phases of the match. Serious trouble at the mill for the visitors started with the rink of Margaret Devine, Margaret Murray, Cathy Ward and Nancy McNeill crashing to an earth shuddering 42-4 defeat. And with Midlothian thirsting for the win the home team dealt out further defeats to Janet Fairnie (-5) and team captain Lauren Baillie (-23). International star Emma Logan and her front three of Megan Kivlin, Kim Hoggan and Dee Hoggan produced the only positive outcome with a 23-17 triumph against home side legend Sandra McLeish.
The senior sides bid to capture the Scottish Senior League title for a seventh time came to an abrupt halt with the impressive winners of the East B section making a quarterfinal exit at the 58-53 hands of their A section counterparts Alloa on neutral terrority at West Lothian IBC in Livingston last Wednesday. Good wins on the rinks skipped by Willie Wood MBE (+9) and Dougie Berwick (+6) unfortunately paled into insignificance for the garden county ‘auld yins’ as they failed to cover the defeats sustained by Alastair Russell (-4) and Tommy Young (-16). 24 hours later bogey side Alloa inflicted further pain and misery on East Lothian in the opening round of the Central District Senior Top Six as they progressed through to the next round with a 4-2 point’s victory.
East Lothian IBC stalwart figure Mark Johnston is on international duty this coming weekend as he will be part of a Scotland side hoping to make a successful title defence of the British Isles Over 50 International Championships. This year’s event is staged at the Lakeside Resort in Hayling Island and play runs from Friday to Monday.
A side from East Lothian IBC progressed through to the first round proper of the Scottish Mixed Team Championship event following a hard-fought win over Bainfield in last Sunday’s preliminary round action at Midlothian IBC. The points were shared 4-4 but thanks to a better-shot margin of 67-64, it was the garden county that progressed through to the next round. The side now tackle either Stirling or Falkirk at Balbardie IBC in Bathgate on Sunday January 28.
The opening week action in the Jock Brodie Senior Championships due to be played last Wednesday was postponed due to the adverse weather that gripped most of Scotland last week. Tournament officials were hopeful qualifying section play would finally get underway on Wednesday with East Lothian tackling Teviotdale and West Lothian playing Abbeyview.
The weather also put pay to the youth side’s scheduled East of Scotland Junior League home fixture against Alloa last Saturday morning. Officials from both clubs are currently in discussions to set a new date for the fixture. On Saturday morning the opening round of fixtures in the Scottish Youth Top Ten and East Lothian have home advantage against local rivals Midlothian. The match gets underway at 7.50am and the team announced is Singles Aaron Betts; Pairs Beth Riva & Lewis Betts (skip); Triples Melissa Penman, Robbie Buchanan & Danny Stevenson (skip); Fours Lucy Hogg, Cameron Pryde, Kieran Dodds & Robbie Shields (skip). Meanwhile, huge congratulations to the talented Betts brothers, Lewis and Aaron, after both were named in the Scotland Under 17 side following a trial match at Abbeyview IBC in Dunfermline last Sunday. Robbie Buchanan, Robbie Shields, Danny Stevenson and Melissa Penman also participated in the trial match but failed to make the final 12-man line-up. The Under 17 International series is staged in County Antrim on weekend of April 14/15.
East Lothian IBC is set to welcome a galaxy of top stars to the Alex Marshall Arena on Sunday February 11 with Glasgow 2014 gold medal heroes Alex Marshall MBE, Darren Burnett, Davie Peacock and Neil Speirs heading up a great Who’s Who of national indoor bowling giants. Other big name players competing in the Pro-Am Triples event include Midlothian stars Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker, host club senior internationalists Billy Mellors, Derek Oliver, Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy, Dee Hoggan and Emma Logan along with garden county legend Willie Wood MBE. Medical Professional and Johnston Fuels are kindly sponsoring the tournament for a second consecutive year.