The West Lothian IBC banner will be paraded in the showpiece climax to the gents Scottish 4Bowl Pairs Championship at Aberdeen in the New Year with the Livingston based partnership of Thomas Mann and Calum Logan winning through from their tough playdown section at East Fife.Read More
Mann will be hoping that history is about to repeat itself as the 27 times capped international star etched his name on the national silverware in 2007 playing lead to Neil Speirs.
Speirs was due to be the skip for the 2016/17 campaign but the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal hero was ruled out by an injury that has also caused him to pull out of his Singles semi final clash with Paul Foster MBE due to be played at West Lothian IBC in January. Logan stepped into his shoes and the 27 year old winner of 18 caps combined with Mann in magnificent style to reel of four wins, capturing the scalps of Bainfield in the prelim round then Stirling, Abbeyview, and Tweedbank in the section final.
Bainfield stars John McDermott and Gavin Smith represented a close shave for their WL opposition having rallied strongly from 23-13 down to 23-23 with fight back counts of 2, 2, 6 and with three ends left a nail biting climax saw Man and Logan edge a single at the last to clinch a 28-16 victory. Stirling duo Dave McEwan Jnr and Gary Malcolmson bit the dust in the first proper with West Lothian getting off the mark with a super count of six on end two then powering into a 17-5 domination before winning 23-10.
Notable Abbeyview champions Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown provide the opposition in a second round clash that saw the Fifers make a good start to lead 7-1 however having fought back to lead 13-12 a game changing run of 4, 4, 1 powered WL to a 24-13 victory. WL found themselves under early pressure at 11-10 down to Kenny Johnstone and Ross Nichol of Tweedbank in the section final and the exit door looked a likely prospect at 16-14 down with thee ends to play.
But carding shots under intense pressure can change everything and did so in this case with Logan skipping Mann to a spectacular 21-16 triumph having produced a whirlwind finish of 3, 3, 1. In the section finals played elsewhere, the Lanarkshire duo of Robert Gordon and Robert Grant beat Headwell, 25-16; Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick beat Ayr, 21-11; Norman Baker and Michael Stepney of Elgin beat Turriff, 24-18.