Edinburgh champions Slateford have bypassed this weekend’s opening action of The Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish Inter County Top Ten Tournament; but the Lothian interest is widely spread with the presence of Bonnyrigg, Tranent, and Newbridge in the prelim round play.Read More
Formed in 1870 Bonnyrigg became founder members of The Midlothian Bowling Association in 1895 and their proud tapestry of success down the years includes two captures of the National Top Ten title.
“We celebrated like mad men in 2009 and 2014 having experienced the bitter taste of defeat in the finals of 1988 and 2007 and our record of success at County level is nine times champions of Midlothian”, said team manger Drew Pearson. Pearson didn’t play in last seasons qualifying final but the enforced absence of Lindsay Plenderleith sees him step into the limelight, at home, on Sunday against West Fife champions Lochgelly.
Ronnie Duncan is a top-notch spearhead figure with the emerging star on the World and International stage leading the line in the Singles and supported in the Pairs by Calum Redpath and John Stevenson. Kevin McDougall skips Jamie Hanlan and Neil Linton in the Triples while Scott Lees, John Tod, Drew Pearson, and Tam Russell form a formidable rink in the Fours. Lochgelly also have a proud history as founder members of The Fife Bowling Association and the eight times Top Ten champions of West Fife have high profile figures James McGure and James Gilruth within their ranks.
Tranent reached the semi final stage of the national top ten in 1994 and the East Lothian champions are well equipped to mount a serious 2016 challenge going into their prelim match at home to far travelled Inverurie of Aberdeen & Kincardine. John McCrorie is a high profile spearhead figure in the Singles with the year 2000 national champion and former ‘Evening News Champion of Champions’ perfectly at ease with the isolation pressures and challenges that are part of Singles play. Jim Bonner and his son-in-law Brian (Sconie) Young hit the national headlines with their stunning capture of the Scottish Pairs title last season and will be looked upon by the locals as their trump card as they resume their partnership. Jamie Higgins – an indoor cap – skips Alex Cormack and David Whitson in the Triples while Kevin Cunninghman, David Sands, Kevin Jones, and Matthew Osborne form the rink in the Fours. It is expected that a minutes silence will be observed prior to the start of the game as mark of respect to 42 year old Tranent member Simon Blyth who has sadly passed away following a short battle with cancer.
Newbridge represent the West Lothian banner at home to Wigtownshire champions Stranraer; their spearhead figure in the Singles is internationalist Thomas Mann. Drew Paterson and James Speirs form the Pairs partnership and Blair Mackie, Paul Sweeney, and Andy Semple line up in the Tripes while Greg Baldry skips Ian Robertson, Jamie Aitken, and Alec Allan in the Fours.