League leaders Cockenzie & Port Seton produced the result of the night as they continue to set the pace in the race for the Division 1 title of the East Coast Carpets sponsored East Lothian Leagues. Last Friday’s emphatic 8-0 home win over Tranent may have put paid to the title ambitions of Tranent.Read More
The leaders won well on all three rinks with Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver defeating John McCrorie and Kevin Jones by double figures while Craig Valentine also had a comfortable victory over Graham Robertson. Haddington kept the title race alive with a 6-2 victory away to West Barns with wins for Joe Mower and Alister Kennedy whilst Struan Robertson picked up the 2pts for West Barns with a win over Mal Higgenbotham.
Gifford recorded a first win of the season in the other action last week as they defeated Castlepark 6-2; however, they remain 24 pts adrift at the bottom of the table. With Gifford all but relegated, Dunbar recorded a crucial 7-1 victory at East Linton in the battle to evade the other relegation place, which pulls them level with East Linton. El Co-op defeated Aberlady 6-2 at home to keep the slim hopes they have for the title alive and to move above neighbours Tranent on shots difference.
The current league table after 13 games and with 5 to go is as follows:
Cockenzie & Port Seton 83 pts +217shots
Haddington 74 +176
El Co-op 63 +124
Tranent 63 +83
Castlepark 48 -19
Aberlady 48 -97
West Barns 45 -50
East Linton 40 -30
Dunbar 40 -89
Gifford 16 -315
The game of the season takes place this Friday with Haddington entertaining Cockenzie & Port Seton and in a must win game for them they will fancy their chances of cutting the 9-point gap at the top with home advantage and having returned from Port Seton with 8 points earlier in the season. Tranent and EL Co-op will be looking to benefit from any Haddington victory by recording wins away to Castlepark and Dunbar respectively. Aberlady host West Barns where the winners will distance themselves from the relegation battle and Gifford will aim for a second win when they visit East Linton.
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.
In Division 2 it looks like a 4 team race for the title with Haddington A leading the way on 74 pts, closely followed by Elphinstone on 73, Prestongrange on 70 and Winton on 69 points as they aim to make it up to Division 1 next season.
In Division 3 Longniddry are the leaders on 76 points followed by Macmerry on 73 and then it’s East Linton A on 67 and EL Labour Club on 62 points.
Meanwhile in Division 4 Haddington B are in front on 66 points with their only realistic challengers Gifford A on 59 points unless Aberlady A who are currently on 49 points can collect 8 points in their game in hand on the top two.
It’s National Finals time next week with the action at Ayr Northfield taking place from Monday 24th right through to Sunday 30th. Andy Burt from Haddington starts of first in the Senior Singles at 9.30am on Monday
Along with the Castlepark Ladies Senior Singles and the West Barns Ladies Senior Fours. Next in action are the Macmerry Senior Four of J Hogg, T Skillen, B Scott & D Pryde at 2.30pm closely followed by Joe Mower (Haddington) in the Junior Singles and Caitlin Thorburn and Andy Burt (Haddington) in the Mixed Pairs at 3.30pm
Caitlin Thorburn is then on the green in the Junior Singles at Noon on Tuesday, hopefully alongside our winners from the Monday.
On Wednesday the Tranent Four of Kevin Cunningham, Davie Sands, Matt Osborne & two-time Ayr winner John McCrorie enter the fray at 9am, followed by the EL Co-op Ladies Four at 12.30. The Cockenzie & Port Seton ladies and gents pairs of Leanne & Lauren Baillie and Steven Morgan & Derek Oliver begin their title campaigns at 5pm when Leanne and Lauren will be looking to add to the multiple titles they have won and Derek will be looking to add to the singles he won last year.
Finally, on Thursday the Haddington Triple of Colin Dick, Stuart Thomson and former pairs winner Alister Kennedy commence at 9am along with the Castlepark Ladies Triple. Current Mixed Pairs holder Dee Hoggan of Tranent is then in Ladies Singles action at 11am followed by our final entrant former winner Billy Mellors of Haddington in the Singles at 5pm.
Then on Sunday the youths are in action with Megan Kivlin (EL Co-op) in singles action, Logan Kennedy and Lucy Hogg (Cockenzie & Port Seton) in the pairs and Beth Riva, Cameron Shaw and Robbie Shields (EL Co-op) in the triples. More information on this will appear next week alongside updates on how our first entrants have been fairing.
There was a huge day of bowling action at EL Co-op Bowling Club last Saturday as they hosted the Scottish Counties Championship semi-final encounter between West Lothian and Lanarkshire South, which resulted in a comprehensive win for Lanarkshire South who now go forward to face Midlothian in the final this Saturday in Crieff.
East Lothian Seniors had another miserable day at the office against table toppers Borders at Chirnside on Monday. All rinks lost with Peter Fallen losing by 7, George Cowan by 6, Tommy Young and Alan Morgan both 4 down and Alastair Russell losing out by 1 with an overall score of 66-88. Next week there is no game due to the Scottish Championships in Ayr. The team news for the game on the 31st July when East Lothian face East Stirling at Haddington will be in next week’s Courier.
You can now keep up-to-date with all that is happening on the outdoor bowling scene in the garden county by following the website by East Lothian Bowling Association. All bowlers are urged to view by clicking on www.eastlothianbowls.com