Tonights top of the bill action at The Alex Marshall Indoor Bowls Arena in East Lothian featuring the clash between great pals Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy in the final of the Gents club Singles Championship is a major crowd puller.Read More
Both players continue to parade their exciting brand of skills on the international stage for Scotland and the name of each is etched on the silverware of the national singles with Kennedy capturing the coveted trophy in 2008 and Mellors in 2015.
One prize at stake tonight is the winner going forward to bid for more national title glory in the 2018 campaign while the no quarter given exchanges will also be driven by the strong desire to be the first of the two to have their name appear in gilt for a third time on the domestic championship honours board. Mellors is a graduate par excellence of the once proud but sadly now defunct Edinburgh IBC under whose banner he tasted the fruits of national title glory as skip of their celebrated 2003 trio in the Triples. Mellors encored that Scottish Triples glory in 2007 but this time as a star of the garden county and skipping Kennedy plus for a second time Andy Jeffrey who had by this time also made the enforced switch from Edinburgh IBC.
Mellors first taste of successful romance with the national indoor championship stage dates back to 1997 when he played lead to Kevin McFarlane, Jock Darling, and Willie Galloway in Edinburgh IBCs the title winning Fours rink. Kennedy is fresh from captaining Scotland in the recent Home International Series and like his fellow EL figures of legend, Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson, enjoyed major triumphs at Edinburgh IBC prior to the establishment of East Lothian IBC. Kennedys tapestry of national title celebrations include the Fours in 1998 as lead to Willie Wood, Ian Bell, and Graham Robertson also the Triples in 2001 as middleman to recent man in the news Steven Glen (now of Falkirk) and Jonathan Allan. Kennedys tally of international caps stands at 48 while the Mellors figure is 45.
Mellors recent pathway into tonights final included a scintillating performance in the semi final to beat Scott Mackintosh, 19-10, while Kennedy thrilled the banking with a superb performance to beat Lessel Middler, 20-14. The great Pals act is due to be continued on the domestic scene when they later team up in the final of Gents 4 Bowl Pairs while the Triples title is also on the agenda in company with Andrew Jeffrey. One title is already in the bag as in what is referred to locally as the dream team of Kennedy, Jamie Higgins, Mellors, and Derek Oliver have been crowned Kings of the Fours.