Mike Forde of Kinneil BC in Bo’ness is the 2018 champion of the coveted Weslo Seniors Open having captured the Holy Grail crown of the Over 60’s branch of the sport of bowls in West Lothian with two commanding victories in the final day climax at Glenmavis BC in Bathgate.Read More
Wins over Alister Wilson of Linlithgow and 2015 champion Stuart Smith of Ratho were both achieved in grand 21-11 style and allowed the latest King Pin of The Weslo to bask in the limelight of a well deserved applause.
The semi final action saw Forde show serious intent against Wilson by exploding into a 10-0 lead and although his opponent battled well enough to register 11 shots Forde was always the dominant figure and he clinched his pace in the final with a double to 21 on end 19.
The other semi final featured a crowd appealing clash between former champions Smith and Gordon Scott (2012) of Armadale and it was living up to its high expectations when Scott added 4, 3 to stand peels at 11-11 after 13-ends. Peels were called again at 12 and 13 however Scott remained trapped in the bowlers graveyard figure for the next six ends allowing Smith to bolt out of it and reach 21 with a determined run of 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2 to win in 23- ends.
An opening highlight to the final of The Weslo saw Fordie hit the lids to race into a 7-0 lead but Smith then caused a stir among the watching banking with a 2, 1, 3, 1 fight back that put him bang in the picture at 7-7 after 10 ends. Forde arrested his slide with a retaliation of 1, 3, 1 to 12 then answered the loss of a double with a 2, 2 replay that earned him a 16-9 supremacy after 16-ends. Smith then carded two singles to 11 but that sign of a potential menace from him was well and truly crushed by Forde’s grandstand style run of 2, 1, 2 that swept him over the finishing line a triumphant 21-11 winner in 21 ends.
Deans BC is the centre of attraction this weekend with the Livingston club of many legends playing host to and sponsoring the last of the 2018 WLBA Majors in the shape of The Champion of Champions.
The field is 29 current champions strong and includes world stage figures Neil Speirs of Kirkliston and George Sneddon of Broxburn also the youngest ever Scottish and British Isles champion in Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station plus record 5 times CofC Ewan Shearer of Linlithgow. The 10am session on Saturday pitches; Robert Hamilton (Pumpherston) v Greg Baldry (East Calder); Seafield v Neil Speirs; David Rodgers (Glenmavis) v Ewan Shearer; Blackburn v John Eveliegh (Watson Memorial); Norrie McGilivray (Oakbank) v John Kerr (Armadale); Steven Jenkins (Bankton Mains) v Glen King (West Calder). The 12noon session features; Shaun Cairns (Harrysmuir) v Winchburgh; Colin Fraser (Whitburn) v Bathgate; Richard Lee (Letham) v Stephen King (Queensferry); Middleton Hall v James Robertson (Deans); Charlie Skellett (Ratho) v Sandy Bryant (Bridgeness); Jim Gow (Mid Calder) v Graeme Turnbull (Springgrove).The 2pm session includes Frazer Muirhead v George Sneddon; while the 4pm session includes Raymond McKenzie (Polbeth); Alan Baff (Philpstoun); Jack Murphy (Bellsburn).
The play on Sunday features the Quarter-Finals at 11am the Semi-Finals at 1-30pm and The Final at 4pm.