The youths of East Lothian were to the fore in Scottish bowling last Sunday when the rink of Luke Cowan, Abi McNeill, Daryl Grieve and Lennon Rafferty lifted the Scottish Under 14 Alan Michie Trophy for the Garden County.
The East Lothian gents entertained Edinburgh at EL Co-op in the Andrew Hamilton Trophy last Saturday in what was a must win game with the Townies sitting two points above the Garden County. In their strongest performance of the season so far the Garden County men led from start to finish in an excellent game to put themselves right back in the reckoning for second place in the section with a 117-103 win. Top scorers on the day were Billy Mellor’s rink who recorded a twelve shot win over Richard Tough. Full rink scores were as follows: J McCrorie 14 R Marshall 19; S Morgan 16 D Gormley 13; C Glen 24 J Hogg 16; A Marshall 16 P O’Donnell 22; B Young 21 P Veitch 19; B Mellors 26 R Tough 14.
This Saturday the team have another crucial game as they travel to Stenhousemuir to face second placed Stirling, who have a better shots aggregate, knowing a win keeps them in the hunt for the final qualifying spot. As the section stands West Lothian have 10 points while Stirling, Edinburgh & Leith and East Lothian all have 6. The following line-up has been selected for this crucial game: S Anderson, C McLeod, G Dodds & A Kennedy (Skip) R Shields, S Greenan, G Inglis & C Glen M McCormack, A Burt, S Thomson & C Valentine A Martin, T Young, S Johnston & M Higgenbotham K Cunningham, M Osborne, G White & J McCrorie C Johnston, G Baillie, W Dunleavey & S Morgan
EL Co-op retained top spot in the East Coast Carpets League Division One last Friday when they returned from Castlepark with a 6-2 win. Haddington moved into second place with a 6-2 win at home to Prestongrange while Port Seton move third following a 4-4 draw away to Winton. Elphinstone produced a strong home display to take an 8-0 win over East Linton while once more Dunbar lost by that all too familiar score of 6-2, this time away to Tranent. This Friday marks the half way point of the season and the game of the night sees a Tranent derby with table toppers EL Co-op entertaining their neighbours Tranent who will see this as a must win game if they are to have a say in the title race. Haddington will be looking to capitalise on any slip-ups by the leaders when they travel to Dunbar while third and fourth clash at Prestongrange when Port Seton visit. Elphinstone and Winton are tied on 33 points and meet in a crucial clash whilst in an even more important game the eighth and ninth placed teams East Linton and Castlepark meet as both will be looking to pull away from the relegation zone.
The route to Ayr is now at the final stages. The gent’s semi-finals were due to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week with the winners playing in the finals on Sunday at a location to be confirmed. The semi-final line ups were as follows: Tuesday Junior Singles: Haddington (C Darling) v Prestongrange (J Burnett) and Tranent (K Whitson) v EL Co-op (R Shields) Senior Singles: Ormiston (S Johnston) v
Haddington (A Burt) and Ormiston (R Veitch) v Winton (J Stewart) Senior Rinks: Port Seton A v East Linton B and Macmerry B v Castlepark B
Wednesday Singles: Aberlady (G White) v Tranent (K Jones) and Gifford (W W Wood MBE) v Macmerry (C Hogg) Pairs: Haddington A v Elphinstone B and Port Seton B v West Barns A Triples: Haddington v Port Seton and Elphinstone v Aberlady Fours: Haddington v Prestongrange and Tranent v Castlepark
The ladies finals were due to be played over the last week and this Sunday with details of all the winners appearing here next week while the youth play-offs are due to be played at Port Seton on Sunday.
The East Lothian Under 25 team completed their league campaign on Sunday when they travelled to Auchtermuchty to face Fife and ended what has been a disappointing campaign with a double figures loss to the league winners. Rink scores were as follows: D Riva 22 v 17 D Jones; D Stevenson 16 v 18 C Robertson; R Cochrane 11 v 30 D Robertson; C Darling 21 v 22 A Black; J Burnett 21 v 18 A Nimmo; D French 22 v 20 D Martin