Junior cap Ewan Fallen of East Lothian is on track to land the indoor bowls Scottish Junior Singles title having served up four exciting performances at Abbeyview over the weekend to book his place in the Last Four stage to be played at Paisley IBC on 23/24 January.
East Lothian have good history in the event with Derek Oliver (2006), and Wayne Hogg (2004 and 2005) bringing that particular silverware back to ‘the garden county’ and Fallen has the skill, experience, and ambition needed to also be crowned champion. Wins over Raymond Clark (Fraserburgh), Jamie Macnab (Midlothian), Andrew Thomson (Aberdeen), and Lee Mair of Elgin were all hard fought and earned reflecting the determination and focus of the East Lothian challenger.
Fallen launched his campaign with a battling 21-18 win over Clark in the prelim round then, faced with game against him, survived a strong first round test by edging a 21-19 thriller over Macnab, who had showed up well in his prelim to beat Liam Nicholson of Tweedbank, 21-12. Second round drama for Fallen saw the East Lothian star fully extended to clinch a 21-19 win over Thomson then another tip top performance, from 7-0 down, followed to score a 21-10 victory over Mair in their quarterfinals clash.
“I had to produce a last bowl toucher to beat Jamie (Macnab) who was holding two shots for game with me leading 20-19 so that was huge moment for me and I hope I can take that kind of form into the final showdown in January”, said 23 year old Fallen. Fallen’s opposition in the semi finals at Paisley comes in the shape of Turriff star Connor Milne while the other challengers for the coveted crown are Stephen Lowrie Jnr of Glasgow and Derek Ferguson of Auchinleck.
Meanwhile the play down action at Abbeyview brought an early ant-climax to Bainfield champion Daniel Gormley who reached last season’s final but failed to conjure up that same brand of magic in a 21-8 defeat from Mair of Elgin in the prelim round. “I wasn’t at the races so my dreams of going one step better than my nightmare last bowl defeat in the 2014/15 final certainly ended in great disappointment”, said Gormley. Jordan Pearce looked to have the good fortune fairy on his side with a bye straight into the second round but perhaps that lack of sharping up his knowledge of the carpet backfired in the shape of a crushing 21-5 defeat the hands of Turriff challenger Connor Milne.
East Lothian IBC looked well set to achieve a ladies and gents Last Four double in the Junior Singles Championships play down action at Abbeyview with international star Emma Logan leading 18-12 in her quarterfinal. But the strong challenge from Logan ended in despair when Carla Banks of Garioch battled back to clinch a 21-18 victory. Logan had earlier defeated Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk, 21-12, and Kirsty Gargan of Whiteinch, 21-6.
Chloe Thomson of Bainfield put up a bold show in her second round tie against Catilan Waddilove of Arbroath but lost 21-19 while Lorna Goldsmith of Midlothian made a 21-5 exit in the first round to Heather Garvie of Stonehaven.
Scotland cap Lisa Barrett opened with a 21-5 win over Joanne Stewart of Turriff but met her match in a 21-13 defeat from reigning national singles champion proper Lesley Doig of East Fife in the second round. The semi final line up reads, Carla Banks v Carrie McLean of Auchinleck; and Doig v Rebecca Houston of Prestwick.