Two UK giants of the sport in the shape of local super stars Neil Speirs and Grant Logan clashed in the final of the Johnston Oils sponsored 19th West Lothian Masters and the outcome after 15-ends of riveting action on their home green of Kirkliston, was a 21-10 victory for 38 year old Speirs.Read More
The expectations of an explosive confrontation developing on KBCs dedicated Club Championship Rink was delivered as early as the first end with Speirs carding a full house count of 4 then Logan retaliated with a magic 3 that surely signalled game on. Logans nine club championship title wins dwarfs the single mention of Speirs on the KBC Board so knowing the rink like the back of his hand suggested a slight edge in favour of him going on to capture the Masters title for a record extending fifth time. But it was Speirs The No4 seed that went on to produce the most fired up performance with the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal hero electrifying the watching banking with a stunning run of 1, 4, 2, 2, 1 to lead 14-3. Logan stopped his alarming slide with a single to 4 then answered the loss of a single with an encouraging 1, 3 reply that at 15-9 down suggested he was coming back into the frame.
That promise of a fight back was confirmed by his domination of the next end (12th) to hold three shots but Speirs was about to destroy that menace with an awesome strike that sent all three Logan bowls spinning out of the head. It was an absolute game-changer of epic proportions as Speirs was rewarded with a massive three shot count that stretched his lead to 18-9 putting him in clear sight of the £1000 Masters title and its Signature Green Jacket. Logan recovered from his shock to card a single to 10 but the seasoned campaigner of 15 Home International series remained shaken and Speirs put him to the sword with a merciless 2, 1 finish to 21.
I feel absolutely thrilled at adding to my 2002 triumph in the Masters as I was frustrated by the 15 year gap that had followed it especially having played second fiddle in the final of 2007, reflected Speirs. Speirs launched the final days play of the £4000 event with a 21-15 win over Polbeth dark horse David Hay having stormed into a 12-2 lead in the Quuarter Finals then kicked on the stronger from 9-9 to beat Walter McDougall of Glenmavis, 21-111, in the semis.
Logan opened up a 15-4 lead over 20-year old William Borland of East Calder then clinched 21-7 victory that he followed up with 21-12 won over David Lamb of Uphall Station in their semi final The other Quarter Finals action saw McDougall a former Champion of Champions finish 1, 4, 1 to sentence 66 year old Alistair Stenhouse of Linlithgow to a 21-11 exit. Lamb (36) playing in the National Fours Championship at Ayr this week zipped into a 15-1 lead then stitched up Cameron Greer (30) the 2012 Master and No11 seed, 21-14. The weeklong WLM attracted a field of 188 from the 34 member clubs of the West Lothian B.A.