Bainfield gents aim to get back to winning ways with home environment advantage at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium considered a major plus against East Lothian in Saturdays Section B match of the indoor bowls Premier League.
Wins over Ayr and Abbeyview give Bainfield an undefeated record at home however an encounter with mighty East Lothian is a different kettle of fish and more so if as expected Alex Marshall MBE is available to make a return to the stadium of which once he was The King. Marshall made an earlier than expected exit from the Scottish International Open at Perth this week following which the East Lothian camp has confirmed his appearance at Bainfield while former cap Mark Johnston also returns. The luck of the draw may even produce the major attraction of the iconic Marshall brothers – Alex and Robert – being drawn directly against each other.
Bainfield enter the match on the back of an away defeat at Falkirk and the reaction from player manager Gavin Smith is to tweak his line up with positional switches and also bring in Stuart Douglas to make his debut at the expense of Kerr McKail who drops to the bench. “Home wins are vital towards survival in the premier league and this is our toughest test to date but I am optimistic that we have the ability, spirit, and focus to deliver a positive result”, said Smith. “The presence of“Tattie’ in particular and the fact that East Lothian have a team that includes many of the big names in the sport will swell the crowd and promote a great an electric atmosphere”, he added. Rink 1. Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, and James Hogg. Rink 2. Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson.Rink 3. Graeme McIntosh, Alan brown, Kevin Tennant, and Robert Marshall.Rink 4. Josh Spalding, Stuart Douglas, Colin Hutchison (cpt) and Gavin Smith. East Lothian.Rink 1. Mal Higgenbotham, Gary Darling, Jamie Higgins, and Alex Marshall MBE. Rink 2. Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver.Rink 3. Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood MBE, and Billy Mellors.Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair, Stuart Thomson, and Scott Kennedy (cpt).
Midlothian are flying high in the A section of the premier league with four wins out of four and it will be a coupon busting result if win number five isn’t achieved against Arbroath at The Dalkeith Stadium. Ronnie Duncan remains in Hong Kong representing Bowls Scotland in The Classic Event while Ian Fleming returns to the scene but only as a reserve in the home team line that reads, Rink 1. Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell, Danny McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill, Craig Hodge, and David Peacock. Rink 3. Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell, Colin Macfarlane, and Colin Walker. Rink 4. Ian Forbes (cpt), Drew Pearson, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Sandy (AJ) Knight.
West Lothian are seeking momentum after their away win over Arbroath but the wedding celebrations of star player Stuart Johnston has decimated the home line up against strong visitors in second placed Blanryre. Johnston is joined on the absentee list by Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, Connor McKendrick, Bryan Cooper, and Mark Allison. Teenager Nathan McKendrick is joined by Grant Knox and Barry Sword as seasonal new faces while Jamie Gracie, Blair Mackie, and Paul O’Donnell return to the scene. Rink 1. Blair Mackie, Barry Sword, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. James Greenock, Dougie Mitchell, Craig Moss, and James Speirs.Rink 3. Jamie Aitken, Raymond Logan, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs.Rink 4. Nathan McKendrick, Grant Knox, Jamie Gracie, and Thomas Mann (cpt).