The destination of the Division 1 title of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Leagues is set to go right down to the wire with defending champions Haddington entering Friday night’s final round of fixtures defending a narrow one-point lead over recently crowned Top Ten champions Cockenzie & Port Seton.Read More
Last Friday night’s head to heads saw Haddington forced to settle for a 4-4 share of the spoils at home against third placed EL-Coop while Cockenzie & Port Seton brought the title back into sharp focus with a commanding 8-0 win at home against already doomed Gifford. Dunbar have made a strong second half impact and their latest 8-0 win at home against relegation threatened Aberlady secured their top-flight status into 2018. Doom and gloom infiltrates a West Barns camp struggling to light up a sky that remained darkened by a 6-2 defeat at Tranent leaving them on the wrong side of the relegation trapdoor; but have a tradition of being great escapologists and are still within reaching distance of those above them. East Linton helped their cause of beating the drop with an 8-0 away win at Castlepark but their lead of 5 points over Aberlady and 6 over West Barns means they remain vulnerable. It is also going to be an exciting climax in the race for the Division 2 title with leaders Elphinstone holding a one-point advantage over title challengers Haddington A with both sides having already gained promotion. At the other end of the table Tranent A and Cockenzie & Port Seton A are the contenders for the final relegation spot with Castlepark A already down. Division 3 has three teams all in with a chance of winning the title, namely Macmerry, Longniddry and East Lothian Labour while it is the exact same scenario in Division 4 with Haddington B, Aberlady A and Gifford A all in the title mix going into this week’s final round of matches.
In Friday night’s final round of fixtures Division 1 leaders Haddington make the trip up the A1 to tackle Dunbar while Cockenzie & Port Seton visit Castlepark. Relegation zoned West Barns won’t relish their last match trip to East Linton however they have the additional hope that Tranent can inflict some misery on fellow relegation candidates Aberlady. Foot of the table Gifford will sign off their miserable campaign with a home clash against an inform EL-Coop side. Division 2 leaders Elphinstone will secure the title if they get 7 points or more at home against Tranent A but any slip-ups could be punished by title rivals Haddington A who finish up at home against Athelstaneford. In Division 3 the top two Macmerry and Longniddry both face tricky away fixtures against Dunbar A and West Barns A while third placed East Lothian Labour enjoy home advantage against Prestongrange A. All clubs are reminded that the remaining fixtures of the season, including all upcoming ELBA County Championship ties, must all commence at the earlier start time of 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.
Tranent Bowling Club progressed through the last eight of the Inter-County Top 5 singles following a hard fought 3-2 point’s victory over Renfrewshire champions Ralston BC in last Saturday’s first round action. The East Lothian champions now face a mouth-watering home clash with Midlothian champions Pathhead in the quarter-final next Thursday (August 24) evening at 6.30pm.
East Lothian senior side ended their poor campaign in the Inter-County Senior League Cup for the Matt Purdie Trophy on a high note following a 78-56 win at home to Borders. The final match of a frustrating campaign was played at EL-Coop BC in Tranent on Monday and the garden county ‘auld yins’ celebrated wins on four of the five rinks with Tommy Young (+15), Alastair Russell (+5), George Cowan (+2) and Peter Fallen (+1) all emerging victorious while Alan Morgan lost by a couple of shots. “That was undoubtedly our best performance of the season and it was really pleasing for everyone involved that we finished a disappointing campaign in a positive manner”, said team convenor John P Hamilton. Hamilton went on to express his disappointment that several top senior players in East Lothian had not made themselves available for the campaign. He hopes that many players that have been waiting in the background might consider playing next year and help the garden county retain a title they last won back in 2011. Players who will be 60 years of age prior to 1st June 2018 will be eligible to play next year and anyone interested should contact John Hamilton on 07974 648401 for further information.
There is a busy day of bowling action around the county on Saturday as the ELBA Brown Trophy and East Lothian News tournaments reach their conclusions at Tranent (Polson Park) and Aberlady respectively. Play at both tournaments gets underway at 12.30pm with the semi-final action and both finals are expected to commence around 3pm. Meanwhile ELBA Match Secretary, Keith Fender, requires all entries for the upcoming ELBA Champion of Champions tournament to be registered with him by no later than Friday August 25.
The Bowls Scotland Scottish Super Series Pairs grand finals were staged at the Northfield Bowling Complex in Ayr last weekend. The talented sister act from Tranent Bowling Club, Kim and Dee Hoggan faired the best of the local representatives by reaching the last four of the Ladies Pairs before losing out to eventual winners Sandra Steven and Kirsteen McLelland. The EL-Coop pairing of Megan Kivlin and Yvonne Veitch opened with a commanding 28-6 triumph before losing 20-17 to beaten finalists Natalie Docherty and Lorna Cameron while Cockenzie & Port Seton stars Leanne and Lauren Baillie suffered a shock first round exit. In the gents playdown action Kevin Cunningham and Matt Osborne of Tranent were opening round casualties when they lost 15-12 against Calum and Grant Logan of West Lothian. This weekend it is the turn of the Super Series Singles grand finals and East Lothian has a sole representative at the event in the shape of 2016 National Singles Champion Derek Oliver of Cockenzie & Port Seton who is bidding for title glory in the Gents Singles. Oliver’s last 32 opponent is Jamie Sinclair and the clash will be played on Saturday morning at 10.30am.
Former national junior singles champion Gordon White is celebrating etching his name on the gents championship singles trophy at Aberlady for the first time. After a few near misses White finally claimed his first title success with a 21-14 success over Euan Leith in the final. There was also a first time winner in the ladies championship when Aileen Dyer defeated Audrey Podlinski, 21-12, in the final. At Cockenzie & Port Seton, Essa Scott was crowned queen of her club for a fourth time following a nail biting triumph over Lauren Baillie in the final. The final of the gent’s championship will feature record eight times champion Derek Oliver against club new boy Jamie Higgins. A new name will be etched on the gent’s championships singles trophy at Tranent when Kevin Cunningham and John Robertson contest the final.
Gifford Bowling & Sports Club are staging an Open Senior Triples tournament on Wednesday August 30 and entries are now being accepted by contacting Brian Bissett on 07903 541373.
Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club is staging an Open Pairs tournament on Saturday September 9th with a high-class field expected to challenge for the lucrative £500.00 cash prize fund on offer in the Belhaven Brewery sponsored event. The tournament is a round robin event and entries are now being accepted and can be obtained by contacting club match secretary Darren Donnelly on 01875 810481.