The East Lothian Under 25 brigade determination to win the first ever Scottish Cup for Under 25s was evident in a battling performance to beat Renfrewshire by 21 shots in the quarter-final clash staged at Roslin BC last Sunday.
The overall contribution to the final 72-51 reflects a strong team performance from the garden county ‘young yins’ with team captain Glenn Blair (+14), Ewan Fallen (+6) and Kieran Frame (+1) all posting positive outcomes while James Burnett battled hard to earn a well-deserved draw.“We were disappointed with the way we performed in the League Cup semi-final but the feeling in the camp is that we can gain massive compensation by being the first winners of the Scottish Cup”, said team co-manager Stevie Greenan.
The finals day is being staged at Sighthill BC in Edinburgh on Sunday July 26 with either Ayrshire or Lanarkshire providing the opposition in the semi-final at 11am while the other last four clash features Dumbartonshire against Midlothian.
Tranent continue to set the pace in the race for the Division 1 title of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Leagues and last Friday night’s 6-2 win at home against East Linton keeps them 6 points ahead of nearest challengers Haddington. Haddington kept themselves in the title picture with an excellent 6-2 win at home to Gifford. With a clash of the top two on the near horizon the destination of the coveted title will be further influenced by that outcome of that match as there is still a sizeable gap of 12 points between second and third placed Cockenzie & Port Seton who remained in that position after they inflicted 6-2 pain on relegation zoned Castlepark A. Dunbar’s stay in the top flight very much looks like being a short-lived affair as they are now 14 points from safety following a 6-2 loss at home against Castlepark while the mid table clash between EL-Coop and West Barns ended in a 4-4 stalemate. Prestongrange experience of a Division 2 club could be short lived as they are on course to make a quick return to the top flight. The top of the table situation going into the second half of the 18 match programme is tight between the top three with the Prestonpans club holding a 2 point advantage over Tranent A and Aberlady respectably but there is 6 point gap between third and fourth placed North Berwick and EL-Coop A. Ormiston could be celebrating the return to their own green next season as a Division 2 club as they currently lead the way in Division 3 with a 7 point advantage over nearest challengers Haddington A. Port Seton B look bang on course to land the Division 4 title as they have the luxury of a 17 point lead over Dunbar A with only six fixtures remaining. In the Thursday afternoon senior leagues it is Tranent who lead the way in Division 1 with a healthy looking 9 point advantage over second placed West Barns with seven games remaining. Aberlady are the table toppers in Division 2 while Ormiston are the side to catch in the race for the Division 3 title.
In tonight’s (Friday) Division 1 action leaders Tranent make the short trip down to Prestonpans to tackle second bottom Castlepark A while Haddington probably face a stiffer challenge at home to EL-Coop. However the defending champions have received timely strengtheners to their first team squad with the breaking news that well known Edinburgh bowler Alex Hurry jnr and Welsh under 25 Internationalist Joe Mower have both put pen to paper on short term deals with them. Hurry is set to make his debut tonight while Mower is expected to be unleashed against Tranent in a week’s time. Cockenzie & Port visit East Linton while West Barns are at home to Castlepark. Gifford get a good opportunity to end an alarming losing run when they entertain basement struggler’s Dunbar.
Just a reminder that all club secretaries are requested to ensure that all league and cup results, including shots aggregate score, are phoned into ELBA Match Secretary Keith Fender on 01620 860217 or via text message 07786 110416 immediately after each match.
The climax to the ELBA Top 5 singles tournament for the Andrew McKellar Trophy will be staged on Sunday as Macmerry and Tranent jointly host finals day from 12 noon. Both clubs host a semi-final clash before the grand finale is staged at Tranent (Polson Park) at around 3pm. The eventual winners will go forward and represent East Lothian in the national event later in the season.
Gifford Bowling & Sports Club is staging an Open Pairs tournament on Saturday 25 July and entries should be submitted to Brian Bisset on 07903 541373.
Meanwhile Cockenzie & Port Seton Bowling Club are also staging an Open Pairs tournament on Saturday 15th August with a high class field expected to challenge for the lucrative £400+ prize fund on offer in the Belhaven Brewery sponsored event. The tournament is a round robin event and entries are now being accepted and can be obtained by contacting club match secretary Steven Morgan on 01875 810481.