Balbardie champion Lorraine Craig has emerged from the nationwide playdown action of the Ladies indoor bowls Scottish Singles Championship to book her place in the Last Four stage of the event at Blantyre over the weekend of January 6/7.Read More
The Bathgate based star produced three sparkling performances at Falkirk IBC to progress at the expense of Annette Christie (West of Scotland), Jean Brown (West Lothian) and Sandra Craig of the host club. The 30 times capped internationalist launched her title bid against Christie and zipped to an impressive 21-7 win in 16 ends over her high profile opponent then followed on with a crushing 21-3 demolition of her West Lothian neighbour Jean brown.
Craig then lined up in the quarterfinals against her namesake Sandra and trailed the host club champion 14-11 before accelerating to 21 with a powerful four end run of 2, 2, 3, 3. Lesley Doig the 2015 and 2016 national champion from East Fife represents a massive challenge for Craig in the semi finals while defending champion Caroline Brown of Blantyre faces Emma McIntyre of Dumbarton.
Meanwhile the fate of the other local champions saw Chloe Thomson of Bainfield make an early impression to lead Caroline Ruxton of Arbroath, 5-1, but failed to build on that and suffered a 21-5 exit in the prelim round.
Midlothians Megan Grantham shaped up strongly to lead Carol Stuart of Turriff, 18-13, in their prelim round clash but was unable to land the killer punch in a 21-19 defeat.
Dee Hoggan produced a 3, 1 finish to beat Jane brown of Fraserburgh in her prelim then a battle royal against Ruxton in the first round proper saw the East Lothian champion just edged out in a 21-18 thriller.
East Lothian gents have completed an opening hat trick of wins in the B section of the Premier League and their 13 shot away victory (71-58) over Ardrossan reflected a strong team performance. Wins on the rinks skipped by Billy Mellors, Graham Robertson, and Alex Marshall MBE and a narrow setback for Scott Kennedy kept the home team at bay. Mellors 22-10 win over Scott Wilson was inspirational with Robertson contributing a hard fought 18-15 win over John Carswell and Marshall battling to a 17-15 win over Darren ORourke. Kennedy gave 18-14 best to Martin Williamson.
Meanwhile, three wins in a row has brought a fresh glow to the stadium stars of West Lothian IBC still smartin at spending last season in Division 1 but now fired up to redeem their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League. Faced with a testing visit to far north venue Elgin the points hungry travellers from Livingston returned feeling extremely satisfied with a 15 shot victory (85-70) that added to opening home wins over Falkirk and Ardrossan. The supremacy of West Lothian was hard earned by wins on the rinks skipped by Mark Allison (32-12), Neil Speirs (21-18), and James Speirs (16-15) with the only blot being a single figure setback (16-25) inflicted on Calum Logan.