Alex Marshall MBE ‘s bid to extend his ‘super six’ title triumphs in the World Indoor Singles Championship to a ‘magnificent seven’ has been destroyed at the first hurdle with the 50 year old No4 seed making a shock exit in yesterdays’ first round play.Read More
Marshall crashed out in a straight sets defeat from Andrew Kelly of New Zealand with the Kiwi qualifier winning 6-5 and 10-2. The first round play at the Hopton-on-sea venue in Norfolk also saw Marshall’s East Lothian colleague John McCrorie fail to produce anything like a best form display on his debut match on Tuesday. The highly skilled and richly talented Scottish Qualifier failed to master the carpet and crashed out to an 8-3; 10-2 defeat at the hands of No 5 seed David Gourlay.
East Lothian Seniors bid to capture the national league title came to an abrupt halt with the impressive winners of the East B section making a quarterfinal exit at the 58-53 hands of their A section counterparts Alloa on neutral territory at Livingston, yesterday (Wednesday). The rink scores were; WW Wood MBE 19 J Budge 10; D Berwick 15 R Erskine 9; A Russell 11 A Deas 15; T Young 8 B Rattray 24.
The resumption of play in the national indoor leagues saw Midlothian gents enjoy a good dose of New Year Cheer and celebrate a resounding 33 shot victory (96-63) at home to Coatbridge in Section A of the Premier League. Six wins from seven, and with three fixtures to play, keeps the stars of The Dalkeith Stadium at the head of affairs but they face a major test this weekend as they are away to joint leaders Blantyre.
Bainfield would have done their Midlothian friends a good deed if putting the breaks on Blantyre last weekend however the Edinburgh Elite continued to disappoint in the shape of an 82-65 defeat that endangers their automatic survival in the top flight. Bainfield sit two points ahead of second from bottom Coatbridge and this Saturday face a challenging away visit to third placed Lanarkshire while Coatbridge are at home to, winless, foot of the table Cumbernauld.
East Lothian’s defence of the national title suffered a damaging blow with the B section leaders taking a tumble on last weekend’s tough away visit to Falkirk. Falkirk – who lost to EL in last season’s playoff final – helped their own cause with an 88-69 victory that was well deserved and places them just two points adrift of their victims and joint leaders West Lothian.
West Lothian placed the outcome of the B section into the melting pot with a strong away performance to defeat Ardrossan, 76-67, an outcome that suggests a sizzling encounter is in prospect when they entertain East Lothian at Livingston a week on Saturday.
East Lothian should get back on track this weekend as they entertain Ardrossan while WL have to look lively at home to a competitive Elgin; Falkirk should keep the pot boiling with home advantage against Paisley.
Sadly, there was no New Year cheer for the seemingly demoralised gents of Balbardie IBC with the Bathgate based team failing to make the advantage of home environment count in a 78-69 defeat at the hands of Abbeyview. The statistic of seven straight defeats in a row and zero points in Division 1 South is a painful one for a team that two seasons ago were mixing it with the best in the premier league and are now favourites to make a straight line plunge into Division 2.
East Lothian ladies continued their super-charged run of form in the East Division of the Premier League with team captain Lauren Baillie leading them to an inspired 97-54 win at home to Bainfield that made it an undefeated seven-in-a-row. Their toughest test looms up this Saturday in their final fixture away to second placed Midlothian who are four points and a massive 103 shots adrift albeit with a game in hand that gives them an outside chance of piping EL on the line.