West Lothian step up their bid for Hamilton Trophy glory when they go head to head with Wigtownshire in todays semi final of The Cities and Counties Championship at Glasgow venue Cardonald.
Steven Fleming skipped the highest up rink for WL in the quarterfinal win over Glasgow West but the Linlithgow ace is a high profile absentee today thereby landing team manager Jimmy Mallon with a problem to solve. Mallon has opted to keep any team changes to a minimum and achieves this by the recall of Stuart Johnston and asking the Bathgate star to step straight into the shoes of Fleming at skip. Wigtownshire topped the South section with six wins out of seven – finishing ahead of defending champions Lanarkshire South on shot margin – then followed up with a quarterfinal win (124-106) over Northern Counties. The WL team 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, Alex Allan, Andy Dunnett, and Stuart Johnston. Rink 5. Steven Forrest, Walter McDougall, Gary Smith, and Raymond Logan. Rink 6.John Black, Jamie Aitken, Gary Orr, and Sandy McDougall.
The other semi final features Lanarkshire South against Renfrewshire West at Abbeyview (Dunfermline).
Tanfield’s swift return to Division 1 status in the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League looks secure with a 13 point lead over third placed Goldenacre but the Division 2 leaders are dawdling in front. Postal – now 12 points adrift in second place – can be rightly chuffed at visiting Tanfield and giving them a 5-4 bloody nose in this weeks clash of the top two but the result won’t have Division 1 clubs trembling with anticipated fear.
Goldenacre passed up their chance of holding on to second place with what they will view as a disappointing 5-4 defeat away to foot of the table strugglers, Willowbrae.
Wardie have graced Division 1 on occasions and if their winning mood can be sustained then their 8-1 away win over Mayfield puts them into the promotion picture just five points adrift of Postal.
Pilrig have a strong Division 1 profile but suffering a lean time in Division 2 however their 7-2 away win over West End could be the start of revival that sees them zoom up the table.
The League Table with four games to go reads-
Tanfield 63, Postal 51, Goldenacre 50, Wardie 46, Pilrig 45, West End 42, Mayfield 34, Willowbrae 29.