Edinburgh plays host to the Final Days play of The Purdie Worldwide Scottish Inter County Top Ten Tournament tomorrow with Bainfield BC at Hutchison Crossway the venue for far flung travellers from the areas of Bon Accord, Angus, The Stewartry, and Perthshire.Read More
Year 37 of the high profile annual event will welcome a new name on the Holy Grail Trophy of club competition in Scotland with Westhill of Bon Accord, Arbroath of Angus, Castle Douglas of Stewartry, and Stanley of Perthshire all bidding for first time taste of national Top Ten glory. The double green facility of Bainfield allows both semi finals to get underway at 10am Westhill v Arbroath and Castle Douglas v Stanley with the final following at 2pm.
Joint leaders Edinburgh & Leith and West Lothian both saw their undefeated run in the East section of The Cities and Counties Championship for The Hamilton Trophy ended by surprise defeats from West Fife and Stirling County East respectively. West Fifes 18 shot away win (116-98) over E&L saw them joint their stunned victims and WL as joint leaders going into match five of the campaign while comeback wins for Midlothian and East Lothian have brought both back into contention. (The setback for E&L saw team captain Paul Veitch concede 20 shots without reply and punished by a 33-14 defeat from Alan Kennedy. The other scores were, John Ramsay 11 Allan Ramsay 22; Andy Ramsay 21 Craig Watson 18; Robert Marshall 18 David Junor 17; James Hogg 18 Rab McFarlane 15; John McDermott 16 Paul Brown 11.)
West Lothian slipped to a banana skin defeat (102- 121) against Stirling East at Bonnybridge while Midlothian beat Borders 102-94 at Rosslyn and East Lothian bounced back on the qualifying rails with a 133-103 win over Fife at Strathmiglo. (Wins on the rinks skipped by Andy Dunnett (30-17) and Neil Speirs (17-16) werent enough to stem the tide that engulfed Thomas Mann (13-26), Grant Logan (12-25), Steven Fleming (16-21), and Raymond Logan (14-16) in damaging defeats.)
Todays matches promise to be real humdingers with the stakes sky high for E&L v West Lothian at Deans (Livingston), and East Lothian clashing with neighbour rivals Midlothian at Haddington.
West Fife have a great chance to stay in the mix with home advantage at Abbeyview against, an albeit revitalised, Stirling East while Borders are expected win against winless Fife at Lauder.
E&L have brought in Ali McKenna of Seafield to play second in place of Stevie Ritchie in the rink skipped by John McDermott while the return of Craig Mackintosh and the retention of Lewis Betts sees the sidelining of Adam Brock. Gordon Bold replaces Scott Rogers. The absence of former hero figure Alan Brown is resolved by joint managers Duncan McLaren and Ricky Rutherford promoting engine room star Gordon Ramsay to third with John Kidd of Queensberry introduced at second. The full E&L line up reads, Rink 1. Graeme Eddington, Steven Pilley, Craig Paterson, and Andrew Ramsay. Rink 2. Stuart Isbister, Ali Mckenna, Robert Donaldson, and John McDermott. Rink 3. Stephen Pringle, David Fisher, Kevin Tennant, and John Ramsay. Rink 4. Neil Watson, Andy McNab, Liam McKay, and James Hogg. Rink 5. Lewis Betts, Gordon Bold, Darren Hush, and Robert Marshall. Rink 6. Craig Mackintosh, John Kidd, Gordon Ramsay, Paul Veitch.
West Lothians team manager Gordon Logan has introduced Jordan Pearce (Kirkliston) and Paul Sweeney (Newbridge) as a new front end in place of Frazer Muirhead and Andi Gray. The WL line up reads, Rink 1. Jamie Edwards, Blair Mackie, James Speirs, and Grant Logan. Rink 2. Darren Pearce, Barry Sword, Gary Smith, and Thomas Mann. Rink 3. Jordan Pearce, Paul Sweeney,, Greg Logan, and Steven Fleming. Rink 4. Steven Forrest, Mark Allison, Bryan Cooper, and Neil Speirs. Rink 5. Calum Black, Gary Orr, Sandy McDougall, and Raymond Logan. Rink 6. Ewan Shearer, Scott Logan, Calum Logan, and Andy Dunnett.
Midlothian travel to Haddington with the continued absence of major stars Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, and Graeme Archer while their six skips are; David Peacock, Sandy Knight, Stuart Roseburgh, David McGlynn, Scott Briggs, and Ramsay Blair.
East Lothian have been forced to make five changes resulting in Stephen Cochrane, Joe Mower, Gary McNab, and James McDonagh making seasonal debut while star figure Billy Mellors returns.
Tait Trophy holder Liam McKay of Tanfield has reached both the Singles and Junior Singles District finals of the national championships.
McKay defeated Craig Ramsay of Leith (21-13) in this weeks semi finals of the Singles proper and lined up in last nights final at Queensberry against David Brown of Craigentinny who in his semi produced a 2, 1, 2, 1 finish to beat David Torrance of Willowbrae (21-17).
McKay’s hard fought 21-13 win over 13 year old Aaron Betts of Craigentinny set up a J/S clash with 2011 national runner up Josh Spalding of Craigentinny who hit back from 11-16 to beat Jordan Davidson of Queensberry, 21-18 in 26-ends. Their re-arranged final takes place at Seafield tomorrow night. (Sun) at 7pm.
Danny McDougall of Buccleuch beat Steven Currie of Gilmerton, 21-15, to reach District Singles final of the national championships in Midlothian and will meet Stuart Fleming of Inveresk who triumphed 21-10 over Ricky Delaney of Newcraighall. Finals at Newbattle on Wednesday night at 6-30pm.
Carrick Knowe perked up their away morale with a 7-2 win at Pilrig in Division 2 of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League while in Division 1 promoted Queensberry beat Brunstane 9-0 to move within two points of leaders Craigentinny.
The Last 8 line up in the West Lothian District singles come Tuesday night is; Norrie Alexander Ratho) v Greg Logan (Uphall Station); Oakbank v Stoneyburn: Glenn King (West Caolder) v Gary Smith (Linlithgow); Steven Fleming (Buchan Park) v James Speirs (Newbridge).