East Lothian gents gave their prospects of capturing the top of the table honours in the B Division of the indoor bowls a tremendous boost with a brilliant 19 shot away victory over Aberdeen; a result that was given extra value by fellow joint leaders Ardrossan suffering a shock defeat at home to foot of the table Balbardie.Read More
Aberdeen were undefeated at home and faced an East Lothian team damaged by a hefty 29 shots the previous week at Ardrossan; but the garden county turned that formbook statistic on its head to win 78-59.
The outcome reflects a strong team performance with wins chalked up by the rinks skipped by Graham Robertson, Scott Kennedy, and Billy Mellors while the defeat of Derek Oliver was just by a single shot. Robertson inspired the EL effort with the team captain skipping Mark Johnston, Willie Wood MBE, and Joe Mower to a 21-10 win over Gary Forbes while Andrew Jeffrey, Dean Riva, Dougie Berwick and Scott Kennedy added a 20-15 success over Eric Gallen. Mellors skipped Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, and Glenn Blair to a battling 19-15 win over Mike Stephen while Ross Thomson, Stewart Thomson, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver were piped 19-18 by Kevin Currie. The league table with seven of the 10 fixtures completed reads, East Lothian 10, Ardrossan 8, Lanarkshire 8, Aberdeen 6, Paisley 6, Balbardie 4.
Balbardie travelled to Ayrshire with little hope on the formbook of winning other than that their only success in the campaign had come with a 22 shot triumph in their home fixture against Ardrossan. Defeat would have cut Balbardie well adrift at the foot of table however the visitors caused a major upset to score a deserved 74-68 victory.
Wins for the rinks skipped by Sandy McDougall and Ewan Shearer delivered the massive result for Balbardie while it was an important feature that the defeat suffered by Gary Orr and Walter McDougall were single figure ones. Sandy McDougall was the Balbardie hero figure as he captured 13 of the 21 ends to skip Duncan Smith, John Ellis, and Mark Bonar to a 25-8 win that included a crucial late run of 1, 1, 5, 2, 1 against S Wilson. Other scores : M Williamson 16 Ewan Shearer 17; D ORourke 22 Gary Orr 19; D Crawford 22 Walter McDougall 13.
Elsewhere, Bainfield edged an 81-80 thriller at home to Blantyre in the A Division of the Premier League while high-flying West Lothian made it seven out of seven with their 90-76 win away at Abbeyview.