Ratho BC continue as the traditional start of season trail blazers of outdoor Open Competition in West Lothian and there is total prize money to the tune of £1000 up for grabs in their 2Bowl Pairs event sponsored by Belhaven Brewery. Saturday May 6th is the single day of play and Entry at £5 per pair (payable on the day) should be made to Ratho BC, 0131-333-2511 by Tuesday 2nd May.Read More
West Lothian IBC crowned a new Gents Singles champion in the shape of 60 year old Richard Mark who made a major impression on the recent domestic final at The Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston to score a commanding 21-7 victory over David Brown.
Whilst the winning 14 shot margin suggests a final of one-way traffic the battle for supremacy was much closer than that in terms of quality of play but Mark was more successful in converting his range of skills into shots on the card. “I have knocked on the door in the later stages several times over the years but this is the first time I have been able to trigger the title winning salute and it is a great feeling to get by name etched on the honours board along sides many great names”, reflected the newly crowned champion.
Both finalists were surprise packages in that they defied the odds in their respective semi finals with Mark defeating six times capped Cameron Greer, 21-12, and Brown playing out of his skin to capture the scalp, 21-16, of 21 times capped Calum Logan.
The inaugural staging of a Ladies Seniors Singles Championship produced a dramatic final episode with Sandra Purdie looking destined to play the supporting role but ending up stealing the show at the expense of Jean Brown. Brown commanded the stage over the opening nine ends having produced a stunning level of performance to have Purdie at her 16-1 mercy and even at 19-6 she still looked certain to be the one basking in a champion applause. But a rewrite of the script resulted in a blockbusting climax and spectacular show piece of sporting drama with Purdie carding a 2 to light the fuse of an explosive 2, 2, 4, 1, 3, 1 revival that saw her rocket to a 21-19 victory in 20-ends.
The Singles final proper was an anti climax affair with 26 -year old full cap Lisa Barrett making a successful defence of the title in 11-ends at the 21-2 expense of the luckless Ann Muirhead.
Kirkliston star Calum Logan is a three times winner of the WLBA Junior Open Singles crown and the current holder of the title is expected to be back in this years field contesting The Fred Meikle Cup initiated in 1975 as an annual event on the County calendar. Logan’s father Raymond was the first ever name to be etched on the trophy, defeating Kenny Hardie of Deans in the final, and he made a successful defence in 1976 at the expense of emerging Winchburgh star Ronnie Erskine.
WLBA secretary Davy Doyle has this week circulated an Entry Alert Signal to the 34 member clubs calling for a strong response numbers wise for the high prestige County Championship currently sponsored by Fred Winter of Jack High Insurance. “ The Fred Meikle is a proven breeding ground of future mainstream champions of the sport and with the WLBA having many very good, and keen, younger bowlers this is really their version of the WL Masters so a brilliant way for them to gain experience of different greens and oppositions” The closing date for entry (£2) is Sunday 14th May and can be made via each club.
Ratho BC continue as the traditional start of season trail blazers of outdoor Open Competition in West Lothian and there is total prize money to the tune of £1000 up for grabs in their 2Bowl Pairs event sponsored by Belhaven Brewery. Saturday May 6th is the single day of play and Entry at £5 per pair (payable on the day) should be made to Ratho BC, 0131-333-2511 by Tuesday 2nd May.