The Andrew Hamilton Trophy, the pinnacle team event in Scottish bowls, got underway last weekend and there was hurt in Rosslyn for East Lothian as Midlothian inflicted a 22 shot defeat on their neighbours.Read More
The selectors are missing three players this week meaning Gordon Baillie, Matt Osborne and Scott Kennedy are drafted into the team for what is a must win game when they entertain defending AHT Champions West Lothian at Port Seton. The team reads as follows: D Young, D Stevenson, D Riva & B Young (Skip) S Anderson, J Gordon, S Johnston & C Valentine C Johnston, G Inglis, S Thomson & C Glen
A Burt, G Baillie, W Dunleavey & S Morgan K Cunningham, M Osborne, G White & J McCrorie A Martin, T Young, M Higgenbotham & S Kennedy Reserves: K Dodds, R Shields & B Galloway
There was an impressive preliminary round victory for Tranent as they represented East Lothian in the National Top Ten last Saturday when they defeated a strong Rutherglen side 5-3 at home. In the singles Kevin Cunningham got the Belters of to the perfect start with a 21-15 victory. The pair of Matt Osbourne & John McCrorie were involved in a tight tussle and eventually emerged with a 15-15 share of the spoils. The triple of Matthew Martin, Dean Higgins & Alan Young were also involved in a close game and were just edged out at the finish by a 15-16 score-line. Star performers on the day were the four of Kenny McCrorie, David Whitson, Adam Martin & Kevin Jones who recorded an emphatic 25-10 win. In the first round proper this Sunday Tranent now host Buccleugh from Midlothian who recorded an impressive home victory over Craigentinny last week.
At the Atlantic Rims Championships the pair of Paul Foster and Alex Marshall MBE had lost only one game at the time of writing and were top of their group, while the triple of Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver and Darren Burnett were undefeated and also topped their section. The section play was due to be completed on Tuesday with the knockout stages of the Pairs and Triples being completed on Wednesday and Thursday with the Singles and Fours commencing on Friday.
The under 25’s also began their quest for national honours last Sunday with an impressive 133-100 victory over Midlothian at Gifford. The youngsters stamped their authority early in the game and never allowed their opponents within touching distance over the remainder of the game. Rink scores were as follows: Declan French 29 v S Tiffney 16 Dean Riva 22 v Gary Mitchell 17 Reece Cochrane 17 v D Innes 17
Joe Mower 29 v Jack McNab 13 James Burnett 22 v C More 13 Calum Darling 14 v Neil Linton 24
Selectors have named the following team for the visit to Queensberry to face Edinburgh and Leith this Sunday: C Gordon, I Leith, J Robertson & R Cochrane (Skip & Captain) C Shaw, P Gray, D Stevenson & J Mower M Kivlin, R French, C Brock & C Darling E Leith, K Whitson, D French & D Riva K Dodds, D Peart, K Simmants & D French S Johnston, R Shields, C Allison & James Burnett Reserves: M Penman, L Gallagher, R Buchanan, D Young, B Riva & J Ferguson
The convener is looking for players willing to take cars to Queensberry and any player willing to take a car should contact S Thomson (any player taking 3 or more players will receive expenses).
The third and fourth rounds fixtures in the East Coast Carpet Leagues were played last week. In Division One Haddington cemented their place at the top of the league with a
4-4 draw at home to Elphinstone before defeating Castlepark 5-3. Elphinstone backed up their draw with the leaders by defeating Port Seton 5-3 at home. East Linton travelled to the defending champions last Wednesday and left Port Seton with six points before drawing 4-4 at home to Prestongrange. Dunbar were shocked at home to Winton with a 6-2 loss before travelling to EL Co-op last Friday and again losing 6-2 for the fourth time this season, EL Co-op had previously defeated Prestongrange 8-0 on Wednesday. Tranent got their season going last Wednesday with a 6-2 win over Castlepark before travelling to Winton on Friday and again winning 6-2.
This Friday night top of the league Haddington host rejuvenated Tranent who are on a high after their Top Ten win and two league wins. Cockenzie and Port Seton host Castlepark as both aim to stay within reach of leaders Haddington. EL Co-op will try to keep their run of wins going when they entertain Winton. Dunbar will be looking to stop themselves becoming too detached at the bottom of the league, even at this early stage, when they welcome East Linton while finally Prestongrange are at home to Elphinstone. After four games Haddington have created a five point gap at the top of the league while Dunbar have become detached by seven points at the bottom. The other eight teams are only separated by three points in a league which reads: Haddington 23pts, East Linton 18 , Cockenzie & Port Seton 17, Winton 16,
Prestongrange 16,Tranent 16,EL Co-op 16, Castlepark 15, Elphinstone 15 .Dunbar 8
The quarter finals of the ELBA trophy were due to be played on Tuesday 14th before the semi-finals and final are played at Haddington on Sunday 26th May. The quarter final line up was as follows: Ormiston v West Barns; EL Co-op v East Linton; Winton v Castlepark; Dunbar v Haddington
The first route to the National Finals at Ayr began this week when the Mixed Pairs began with preliminary round ties played on Monday night and the first round proper was played on Wednesday. This competition continues Monday and Wednesday next week before the final is played on Monday 27th May.
Finally for any bowlers who do not play outdoor over the spring and summer East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club and Mums at the Mill catering remains open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and weekends 10am to 1pm for anyone looking for a game indoors.