After over 40 years it looks like the Edinburgh Evening News has given up taking reports from any games. Stewart has been given a few hints about this but there has been no Bowling News in the paper for over a month. A very bad way to tell someone that not wanting any more story’s . Im sure that all Bowling clubs and their Members would like to thank Stewart for all his hard work over the years when the sport was getting all the publicity they could take. It now means that a lot of thought will have to go into this site if it is worth while for 2020.
Play in the Weslo Housing Management Seniors Open got underway on Tuesday with two former Seniors League football stars in the shape of Colin Stein of Linlithgow and Gordon Logan of Kirkliston both hitting the target to score commanding prelim round victory.
One of the 21 games down for decision produced a 21-20 thriller with Bill Grier of Pumpherston edging home at the expense of Robert Clover of Kinneil.
Today’s (Thur) First Round play (11-30am) on greens around the County pitches Logan against Eddie Caulfield at East Calder while Stein will parade his skills at the same venue against David Peel of West Calder.
Gary Smith – who has a WL Masters and a Champion of Champions title on a glittering CV is drawn against John Black of Buchan Park who reigned as the Scottish Seniors Singles Champion in 2014.
Next weeks ongoing play brings the Second Round into the spotlight on Tuesday then the Third Round on Thursday.
Tonight’s (Thur) semi final line up in the WLBA Top Five Singles features Linlithgow v Glenmavis at Middleton Hall and Armadale v Middleton Hall at Broxburn. The final is scheduled for this Saturday at 2pm with Armadale the venue.
The results of Tuesday night’s quarterfinals action were; Bridgeness 1 Linlithgow 4; Glenmavis 3 Broxburn 2; Armadale 3 Bathgate 2; Ratho 2 Middleton Hall 3.
West Lothian’s bid to make a successful defence of the Seniors Matt Purdie title fell at the last hurdle with the 2018 champions suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of East Lothian in the final played at Haddington on Monday. West Lothian emerged with the upper hand on three of the five rinks but suffered a narrow 5 shot defeat (73-68) with the garden county dishing out a severe 33-7 punishment of the rink skipped by Ronnie Erskine while Jimmy Speirs lost 14-9. The WL succeses saw Gary Smith win 18-11; Gordon Logan win 15-7; and George Sneddon win 19-8.
Play in the abandoned 21st £4000 West Lothian Masters resumes on Sunday at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club with the final days play featuring the semi finals at 1pm and the final at 3-30pm. The Last Four line up chasing the £1000 Masters Title and the Signature Green Jacket pitches Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis against Ian Robertson of Newbridge; and Steven Fleming of Linlithgow against Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
Play in the £4000 21st West Lothian Masters was finally halted by the weather after the quarterfinals stage and the semi finals and final will now be played at Stoneyburn Community Bowling Club on Sunday 25th August.Read More
Tam Whitfield of Glenmavis v Ian Robertson of Newbridge and No14 seed Steven Fleming of Linlithgow v Paul Sweeney of Newbridge.
Sundays’ quarterfinals at Stoneyburn saw the surprise exit of two seeds in the shape of No2 Grant Logan of Kirkliston and No16 Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station. Logan- seeking to capture a record establishing fifth Masters Crown – bit the dust at the 21-13 hands fellow Hamilton Trophy colleague Paul Sweeney while Muirhead made a 21-15 exit to Tam Whitfield.
The other quarterfinal ties saw Ian Robertson edge a 21-19 battle against Pumpherston teenager Liam Thomson while Fleming also had his hands full in dealing a 21-18 exit to Jamie Aitken of Newbridge.
The Players Sweepstake – sponsored by G.F Lift Hydraulics – brings an extra dynamic of interest to the event and the four still standing are; Raymond Reid of Queensferry (Tam Whitfield); Gary Smith of Linlithgow (Ian Roberston); Grant Ramsay of East Calder (Steven Fleming); and Cameron Fraser of Whitburn (Paul Sweeney.
The holders of the player making an exit in the quarterfinals each receive a £50 voucher from Slaters Menswear and they are; Falconer Crichton of East Calder (Frazer Muirhead; Cameron Greer of Bathgtae (Liam Thomson); Jamie Edwards of Broxburn (Jamie Aitken); and James Punton of Glenmavis (Grant Logan).
The 5th Round results – section Finals – were; Frazer Muirhead 21 Calum Melrose (Deans) 11; Tam Whitfield 21 Thomas Mann (8) (Newbridge) 19; Liam Thomson 21 Kerran reeder (Kirkliston) 8; Ian Roberston 21 Scott Mushett (Linlithgow 14; Steven Fleming 21 Cammy Robertson (Blackburn) 12; Jamie Aitken 21 Gary Orr (Linlithgow) 8; Paul Sweeney 21 Andrew Semple (Oakbank) 20; Grant Logan 21 David Gemmell Jnr (Winchburgh) 18.
West Lothian Seniors travelled to play Borders at Hawick Wilton in the final section match of the Matt Purdie Trophy and the defending champions produced a strong performance to finish top and so book their place in the final. The must win match saw WL triumph 79-52 with victories achieved by Gordon Logan (16-13); George Sneddon (15-10); Jim Speirs (25-6); and Gary Smith (13-10); while the only defeat saw Ronnie Erskine lose 13-10. The final is this Monday at Haddington and it is sure to be a tough one to win as the opposition is East Lothian playing on the home patch.
The WL line up is; Rink 1. Tommy Turnbull (Broxburn), Brian Walker (Queensferry), Colin Stein (Linlithgow); and Gordon Logan (Kirkliston). Rink 2. Jimmy Paterson (East Calder), Davie Boyd (Kirkliston), David Wilson (Broxburn), and George Sneddon (Broxburn). Rink 3. Stan Gardiner (Mid Calder), Bob Mackay (Armadale), Ian Robertson (Newbridge) and Gary Smith (Linlithgow). Rink 4. John Black (Buchan Park), Robert Saunders (Whitburn), Raymond Reid (Queensferry) and Jim Speirs (Ratho). Rink 5. Davy Peel (West Calder), Alister Wilson (Linlithgow), Gordon Scott (Armadale), and Ronnie Erskine (Winchburgh).
Defending champion Andrew Dunnett of Linlithgow is the No1 seed in the £4000 West Lothian Masters that celebrates its 21st Anniversary this year and swings into action on Monday 5th August with a field that is 166 strong competing for the £1000 top prize and the coveted Green Jacket.
Voted last years WLBA Player of the Year – he also won the District Singles and was top skip in the title winning Hamilton Trophy Team – Dunnett recenetly made his international debut for Scotland and was a member of a rink that won all three games.As it so happens that Rink contained two other WL Masters in Grant Logan (skip) and two times champion Neil Speirs.
Logan (43) is the No2 seed this year while Speirs (40) is the No 4 with the two Kirkliston stars separated at No3 by former England and Scotland internationalist Gary Smith of Linlithgow (60) who also happens to be the CEO of World Bowls Ltd. Smith won the Masters in 2010 and was a losing finalist in 2011 and 2014. Linlithgow have three seeds in the top five with 46 year old cap experienced Ewan Shearer a prolific winner of titles in West Lothian bidding to add to his 2001 Masters success and bidding at Ayr Northfield this week to win the National title.
The others seeds are; No6: Greg Logan (40) Kirkliston; No7: John Aitken (64) Kirkliston; No8: Thomas Mann (38) Newbridge; No9: Raymond Logan (64) Kirkliston; No10: Darren Pearce (21) Kirkliston; No11: Brian Craig (51) Glenmavis; No12: Cameron Greer (31) Bathgate High; No13: Glen King (36) West Calder; No14: Steven Fleming (47) Linlithgow; No15: Mark Allison (45) Kirkliston; No16: Frazer Muirhead (57) Uphall Station.
The host greens for Mondays first round play are, Broxburn, Bellsburn, Buchan Park, Polbeth, Deans, East Calder, Harrysmuir, Linlithgow, and Queensfrerry, And for the second round play on Tuesday they are, Bathgate, Kirkliston, Glenmavis, Oakbank, Pumpherston, Whitburn, West Calder, Ratho, Kinneil, Bankton Mains, Buchan Park, Middleton Hall, Newbridge, Blackburn,Mid Calder, and Polbeth. Wednesday’s third round play is scheduled for, Oakbank,Linlithgow, Glenmavis, Bathagte, Pumpherston, Armadale, Deans, and Broxburn. The headline advertiser for the landmark 21st Masters is Gordon Bow Plant Hire Ltd and Gordon Bow Engineering Ltd.
The national championships played last week at Ayr Northfield failed to produce a title celebration from the West Lothian contingent but there was a bold effort by the Glenmavis ladies rink of Marlynn Whitfield, Delia Flannigan, Angie Uttley, and Lorraine Craig. Craig and her front-three led Alloa East End 15-14 entering the last end of the final but conceded a single that set up an extra-end winner takes all climax that brought the heart break of a 16-15 defeat. Hopes were high that the prolific Uphall Station partnership of Sandra Steven and Kirsteen McLelland could extend their fabulous record in the Pairs from five titles to a glorious sixth however they suffered the agony of an 18-17 defeat in the semi finals from Auchineck – who went to defeat Dumfries in the final.
A dramatic climax in the semi finals of the Gents Singles saw West Lothian spearhead figure Ewan Shearer of Linlithgow hold 3 shots for game at 20-18 down but an explosive strike from Gordon White of East Lothian burnt the head. White clinched his place in the final with a single on the replay then captured the title with a 21-9 win over Martyn Rice of Dumfries.
West Lothian suffered a disappointing 73-63 defeat at the hands of Edinburgh & Leith in Monday’s Matt Purdie tie at Buchan Park but last years champions will finish top of their section if defeating West Fife and Borders in the remaining two fixtures.
West Lothian crashed to a substantial 33 shot defeat (121-88) in the final of the Hamilton Trophy at Ayr Northfield with the defending champions paying the price for a very disappointing team performance against Lanarkshire South.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Andy Dunnett and Thomas Mann were dwarfed by the pain of defeat that was inflicted upon Raymond Logan, Grant Logan, Stevie Fleming, and Neil Speirs. Dunnett impressed as he skipped Cameron Greer, Davy Lamb, and Calum Logan into a 17-6 lead after 16 ends but coming under late pressure settled for a 19-13 win over Robert Grant. Mann also attacked the opposition in a positive way and skiped Jamie Aitken, Robbie Cuthill, and Ewan Shearer into a 15-6 lead after 14 ends but were then hard pressed to clinch a 17-14 win over John Simpson. Ray Logan and his rink of Gary Smith, Barry Sword, and Mark Allison slipped from 10-8 up after 13 ends to a 19-11 defeat from Iain McLean.
Grant Logan skipped Calum Black, Blair Mackie, and Gary Orr into a 10-7 lead after 10-ends but a weak finish cost them a 24-15 defeat at the hands of David Garner. Fleming and his front-three of Drew Paterson, Paul Sweeney, and Sandy McDougall had their hands full against opposition icon figure Ian Campbell and having trailed 13-3 after 10 ends were outgunned, 22-11. Speirs and his rink of Steven Forrest, Jamie Edwards, and James Speirs were never at the races and were punished 29-15 by Colin Thorburn.
The opening play in the weeklong national championship at Ayr Northfield saw Linlithgow super-star Lorna Smith serve up a hattrick of wins in the Seniors Singles to reach yesterdays se mi finals stage. Smith – who won the main singles a record three rimes on the trot – included the 21-4 scalp of defending champion Margaret Letham and her semi final opposition cam e in the shape of inaugural 2013 champion Isobel Laing of Elgin.
Frazer Muirhead opened with a 21-10 win in the gents Seniors Singles but then made a 21-17 exit to Mick Wiseman of Kirkhill.
Play in the Junior Singles saw Chloe Hutchinson of Linlithgow suffer the heartbreak of a 21-20 exit in the first round of the Ladies while Darren Pearce of Kirkliston win 21-19 then lose 21-14 Ryan Langdon of Crookston.
The Bankton Mains ladies rink of Wilma Roy, Joyce Gorrie, Madge Thomson, and Jean Brown made a 17-7 exit in the first round while Newbridge men Bobo Forrest, John Sweeney, Ian Robertson, and Alec Allan won 24-11 then 10-8 but were piped 17-16 in the third round by Berwick.
A close call in the first round of the Mixed Pairs saw Ann Robertson and Ewan Shearer of Linlithgow lose a 14-13 nail-biter to Glengowan-Caldercruix.
Doreen Reeder of Kirkliston and Ewan Shearer of Linlithgow are the spearhead figures in the Singles that swing into action today (Thursday).
The representation in the Pairs is Sandra Steven and Kirsteen McLelland; and young Pumpherston brothers Aiden and Nathan Davies.
Buchan Park trio Alison Brown, Barbara Plevin, and Vikki Turner fly the flag in the Triples; also Stuart Affleck, Blair Mackie , and Thomas Mann of Newbridge.
The two line ups in the Fours are, Marlyn Whitfield, Delia Flanigan, Angie Uttley, and Lorraine Craig of Glenmavis; also Mark Allison, Greg Logan, Calum Logan, and Raymond Logan of Kirkliston.
West Lothian share centre stage with formidable opponents Lanarkshire South in Saturday’s final of the high prestige Hamilton Trophy at Ayr Northfield with the defending champions bidding to capture the Scottish Cities and Counties crown for a 12th time.
West Lothian served up a brilliant team performance in last Saturday’s semi final against far travelled Bon Accord at Newbattle and the rerun of the 2018 final saw WL improve on their 17 shot success as they powered to a spectacular 58 shot victory (144-86). The result in the other semi final saw Lanarkshire South impress with a 127-109 win over Glasgow West at The Rock BC, Dumbarton.
The final of the historic Rosebery Cup (1882) played at WLBA President Tommy Sutherland’s green at West Calder was a battle of modern day giants Linlithgow and 25 times champions Kirkliston.
Linlithgow etched their name on the WLBA Holy Grail club trophy for a seventh time in an epic encounter that went right down to the wire before triggering a triumphant victory salute with an 80-74 scoreline. A high standard of quality and exciting play over the four rinks and from both teams made the final a memorable one and although Linlithgow always dictated the pace on the running total of the master score board a gallant Kirkliston team only lost on one of the four rinks.
And although there were heroic individual performances galore from both teams the chief architects of the match victory were the Black Bitches rink of Andrew Cruickshanks, Fraser Simpson, Derek Logie and Andrew Dunnett. Dunnett dominated the final by skipping his front-three to a magical 31-17 win over a sharply focused 21 ends having conjured up a magnificent opening 13-ends to lead 22-5.
With the strongly formed opposition rink of Kyle Broadley, Derek Meikle, Greg Logan and Raymond Logan rocked back onto their heels Dunnett and Co showed little mercy as they added 2, 1, 1, 5 to lead register an inspiring 31-18 lead after 18 ends. Logan’s closing rally of 3, 5, 1, did help keep the final alive and gave The Cheesetown Boys a fighting chance approaching the finishing line.
Ewan Shearer and his rink of Tom Hamilton, David Gray, and Scott Mushet were being asked serious questions at 14-10 down after 17-ends to Andy Suddon, Gordon Logan, John Aitken, and Grant Logan. Shearer answered the pressure in admirable fashion with a run of 1, 2, 2 to cross 15-14 then conceded a single to finish all square at 15-15.
Another battle royal saw the rink of Derek Cochrane, Gordon Baillie, Scott Murphy, and Gary Smith stand peels at 12-12 after 13-ends against Alan Close, Robbie Cuthill, Mark Allison, and Calum Logan. Logan produced the stronger finish to edge a 20-16 win however the two shots registered by Smith in the final end was a significant contribution to a Linlithgow team that had sweat beginning to form on their brows.
Steven Fleming and his rink of Andrew Grimshaw, Alastair Wilson, and Martin Stein were playing out of their skins to hold a 13-9 lead at 11 ends over Steven Forrest, Scott Logan, James Speirs, and Neil Speirs.
Late counts of 4 and 5 saw Speirs and Co send the climax temperature of the final sky high and a spectacular burnt jack on the penultimate end kept the pot at boiling point but his 22-18 win wasn’t enough to steal the glory from a Linlithgow team that had played the big bools at the important times..
The final of the Junior Open for The Fred Meikle Trophy takes place at Glenmavis BC tonight and features 4 times title winner Calum Logan of Kirklisto against former clubmate Jordan Pearce now of Middleton Hall.
Tonight’s (Thur) quarterfinals of the Top Ten features, Blackburn v Buchan Park; Linlithgow v Ratho; Queensferry v Kinneil; Bellsburn v Kirkliston.