Bainfield’s fight to avoid automatic relegation from the indoor bowls premier league is not entirely without hope however the chances of them picking up any points against the A section leaders West Lothian at Livingston tomorrow look grim.Read more
West Lothian are locked in a top of the table battle with Blantyre and Midlothian with just two games to go and the three-in-a-row defending champions can’t afford any slip-ups against their struggling foot of the table visitors.“I appreciate that all the hype and the formbook is against us” said Bainfield team manager Alan Brown “but we travel with the mindset that it is 16 players against 16 and that upsets are possible and do happen in bowls”Brown’s major hope is that any defeat is contained to low figures as the glimmer of hope in the Hutchison Crossway camp is that relegation rivals Coatbridge lose at home to Blantyre then the following week away to Midlothian.If that scenario does unfold then a Bainfield win at home to Abbeyview in their final game – no certainty however – would hold the prospect of them leapfrogging Coatbridge into the relegation playoff position.Brown has lost the services of recent internationalist Chris Downie for the visit to West Lothian for good personal reasons however there is a bit of a mystery surrounding the absence of junior cap Daniel Gormley.It is hoped that Gormley hasn’t lost interest in the cause because if so he has chosen a bad time to desert a sinking ship that still has a chance of staying afloatBrown brings back Adam Brock and Danny McCourt in place of the missing two and indulges in a spot of shuffling that elevates Colin Hutchison to skip and switches Barry Hill to third.Rink 1. Josh Spalding, Mark MCIntosh, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith. Rink 2. Adam Brock, Alan Brown, Jamie Reid, and James Hogg. Rink 3. Graeme McIntosh, Craig Aitken, Barry Hill, and Colin Hutchison.Rink 4. Stephen Pringle, Danny McCourt, Kevan Tennant, and Craig Paterson.
West Lothian weren’t totally convincing in their home win over Abbeyview last weekend and Paul Lynas has paid the price in being sidelined and replaced by Blair Mackie while Raymond Logan moves to his son Calum in a switch with Stuart Johnston. Rink 1. Richard Mark, Stuart Johnston, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison.Rink 2. Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul )’Donnell, and Neil Speirs.Rink 3. Blair Mackie, Raymond Logan, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan.Rink 4. Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann.
Midlothian’s massive 53 shot collapse at Blantyre saw them blow their chance big time of taking a firm grip of the section but sympathy must be extended at going into such an important battle without ace skips Colin Walker and Ronnie Duncan.Walker and Duncan have duly returned from the World Championships down South – where they were glorious in defeat – to stiffen up the away challenge at Abbeyview but although joint top it does look like their ship has sailed.“Our shot margin bank is poor in relation to the other two but we will fight till the end and I am looking for us to bounce back now that we are near full strength”, said team manager Frank Gray. It is a surprise though that highly experienced emerging talent Neil Watson is sidelined to the reserve bench. Rink 1. Jamie Aitken, Ian Fleming, Colin MacFarlane, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Colin Cook, Davy Munro, Kevin McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan.Rink 3. Ian Forbes, Colin Bonner, AJ Knight, and Colin Walker.Rink 4. Jamie Macnab, Lindsey Plenderleith, Andy Caldwell, and David Peacock.