Opportunity knocks for Bainfield to bounce back from an opening away defeat at Aberdeen when the Edinburgh Elite have home carpet advantage against newly promoted Ayr in Saturday’s fixture in the B Section of the indoor bowls Premier League.
Ayr gave a good account of themselves at home last weekend by running East Lothian close so will travel with confidence but even this early in the campaign it is a must win match for Bainfield with home points sure to be a precious commodity.
Team captain and ace skip Colin Hutchison is a significant absentee for the visit of Ayr but team manager Gavin Smith is consoled by the welcome return of a top class replacement in the shape of outdoor cap James Hogg. Smith is also upbeat about star figures Alan Brown and Josh Spalding making their seasonal debuts although experienced campaigner Stephen Pringle is on the sidelines and joined there by Adam Brock from last weekend’s opening line up. “It is important that we play with fire in our belly’s and maintain a high level of concentration against the new boys from Ayrshire but our team does have an exciting shape about it and expectations of a win are high”, said Smith. Rink 1. Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson. Rink 2. Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, and James Hogg. Rink 3. Josh Spalding, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, and Robert Marshall. Rink 4. Kerr McKail, Alan Brown, Alex Hurry Jnr, and Gavin Smith.
East Lothian bid to follow up their opening win with a home match triumph against Falkirk and it’s a major boost that the ‘garden county’ welcome back Scott Kennedy who is their campaign captain. Kennedy slots into his regular position at skip with Jamie Higgins as his number three and the knock on effect resulting in Stewart W Thomson switching rinks to play third to Derek Oliver, Willie Wood MBE and Andy Burt playing second to Billy Mellors and Oliver respectively. Calum Darling is the player sidelined.
Midlothian pulled off a surprise home and away double over West Lothian last season so that sets a high bench mark for the A section renewal at the Dalkeith stadium. Ian Fleming, Jamie Macnab and ace international skip Colin Walker make their seasonal debut for the home club at the expense of Scott Matthews, Scott Briggs, and Sandy Dippie who contributed to the opening win over Blantyre.
West Lothian will hope to bounce back from their opening defeat at home to Paisley and joint selectors Thomas Mann and Mark Allison have opted for a no-change line up.