The final of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup at Paisley tomorrow (noon) promises to be a high octane encounter with two giants of the premier league in the shape of East Lothian and West Lothian battling it out for the title glory.
Both clubs have history in the cup and exceptionally so with East Lothian having celebrated a record six title wins and West Lothian close on their heels with five. The ambition driving both clubs going into the final is similar with East Lothian aiming to keep a hold of their record by extending their number of wins to a ‘magnificent seven’, the last of their six coming in 2013. West Lothian have been stuck on five wins since 2005 and having experienced a disappointing premier league campaign, as the defending three-in-a-row champions, would love to compensate that with a record equalling six success in the cup.
East Lothian will look to their towering back-end strength to repeat their awesome semi final display that saw off Midlothian, and welcome back experienced campaigner Gary Darling in a team that reads, Rink 1. Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Willie Wood MBE, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 2. Ewan Fallen, John Robertson, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 3. Andy Jeffrey, Andy Burt, Dougie Berwick, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Mark Johnston ©, Calum Darling, Stuart Thomson, and Jamie Higgins. Reserves: Brian Galloway, Matt Osborne, Gary Muir.
West Lothian faced Blantyre in their semi final and having lost home and away to them in the league gained their revenge in a 77-76 nail biter that keeps their season alive. Jamie Gracie – the former Bainfield star – is unavailable for the final and that paves the way for recall of the now veteran 48 times capped George Sneddon in a line up that reads, Rink 1. Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. James Greenock, George Sneddon, Stuart Johnston, and Mark Allison. Rink 3. Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs. Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Ian Drsydale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann ©. Reserves: Raymond Logan, Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick. The rinks draw has been made and is, Scott Kennedy v Neil Speirs; Derek Oliver v Mark Allison; Jamie Higgins v Thomas Mann; Billy Mellors v Calum Logan.
Finals week at East Lothian IBC reaches its peak tonight with Gents and Ladies Singles the main attraction. Billy Mellors defends the gents title against junior cap Ewan Fallen having defeated Andy Burt in the semi final while his young opponent progressed at the expense of John Robertson.
The ladies final is a repeat year with Dee Hoggan set to defend her crown against the 2013 champion Janet Fairnie. Their semi final wins were against Megan Kivlin and Arlene Berwick, respectively.