East Lothian IBC stage a range of championship finals at The Alex Marshall Arena tonight with the top of the bill attraction featuring Mark Johnston and Dougie Berwick going head to head in for the blue riband Singles title.Read More
Both players have previously captured the domestic crown that brings entry into the following seasons Scottish Championship and Johnston followed up his 2001 triumph by adding the national title in 2002. Johnston also reigned as the East Lothian champion in 2010 while Berwick etched his name on the silverware as the 2012 kin pin. Johnston has three full caps to his on his CV while both players were part of East Lothian’s recent Scottish Cup triumph.
Tonight’s spectators are also expecting a treat of major proportion to be served up by the two finalists in the Under 25 Junior Singles with the head to head featuring Ewan Fallen and ‘the garden county’s’ adopted Welshman Joe Mower. Fallen is on a high as the recently crowned winner of the national singles title however Mower has also just achieved a towering moment in his career having advertised his name on far horizons by winning the World title. “The battle for the gents Under 25 singles title has certainly fired up the interest of our membership and expectations of an epic encounter are exceptionally high”, said spokesman Jamie Gordon.
The honours board of The East Lothian IBC is certain of displaying a new name as the clubs ladies Junior Singles Champion with Beth Riva and Kim Hoggan battling it out to be a first time winner of the title.
B J Smith is a familiar name in Evening News bowls reports and the Hillside outdoor star is bidding to get his name up in lights as the winner of The Seniors Singles title however the form book suggests he will have his work cut out against stalwart premier league figure Lessel Middler.
Additional singles action features Rosemary Mackintosh against Alison Barclay with the Ladies Seniors title as the prize at stake while budding teenage stars Dean Riva and Lewis Betts are sure to entertain in their bid to reign as Youth champion.
The destination of the popular Top Club Tournament sponsored by East Coast Carpets has already been decided with Willie Wood MBE and Co nailing down the title with a commanding 15 shot win over defending champions Tranent in the final.
Meanwhile a major upset in the final of the 4 Bowl Pairs at Midlothian IBC saw hot-shot favourites Billy and David Peacock crushed 23-13 by Neil Melrose and Jim Cullen Jnr, who had their spirits lifted by carding a magnificent seven to lead 18-9.