Seven of the 16 seeds in the Johnston Oils sponsored 19th West Lothian Masters survived the third round action; but there were three fallers on the night headed by Gary Smith (7) who was joined by Thomas Mann (8), and Sandy McDougall (15).Read More
Smith (58) of Linlithgow winner of the 2010 Green Jacket and Runner Up in 2011 and 2014 had posted two comfortable wins and his 21-16 exit to emerging star William Borland of East Calder ranks as a surprise exit for the CEO of World Bowls Ltd.
Grant Knox (Armadale) spent by his choice a number of years out of the spotlight but the winner of Pairs Gold in the 1986 Commonwealth Games has re-found his appetite and is making steady progress in the WLM having clinched a place in the 4th Round at the 21-15 expense of James Greenock (Newbridge). Mann (36) of Newbridge faced a corker in 2010 WLBA champion of champions Rab Hilson of Blackburn and it was toe to toe exchanges up till 11-11; but Hilson accelerated to 19 with a run of 3, 1, 1, 3 then clinched a 21-14 victory.
McDougall (49) of Glenmavis held the driving seat at 14-12 up over Brian Clarkson of Winchburgh and the 2009 Scottish Pairs champion still looked good at 18-16; but crashed out to a 21-18 defeat from a 1, 1, 2, 1 finish. No2 seed Grant Logan of Kirkliston (41) faced tough opposition in the shape of 1999 champion of champions Scott Murphy and came under pressure at 17-15 up but answered the menace with a 1, 3 finish to win 21-15.
Scott Logan of Kirkliston set up a 4th round clash with his cousin as a result of his 21-9 win over George Waldie of Mid Calder. Scotts father Raymond also kept the Logan dynasty to the fore with the 62-year old No14 seed whizzing into a 15-2 lead the defeating Shaun Cairns of Harrysmuir, 21-14. Joining the two Logan seeds in Round 4 are Andy Dunnett (3); Neil Speirs (4); Ewan Shearer (5); Cameron Greer (11).and Mark Allison (12). Deans and Broxburn are the venues for Friday nights Last 16 action 8 Section Finals.
Brunstane produced a brilliant 7-2 headline win away to Maitland in Division 1 of The Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League and the growing threat of suffering the relegation blues is greatly diminished. Last years runners up in Division 2 started to slide after a great start to life in Division 1 and a visit to third placed Maitland was full of menace but they returned home rejoicing at a 12 point lead over second from bottom, Hillside.
Hillside have been great escapologists in the past but this seasons troubles continued in the shape of a 6 3 defeat at home to second placed Parkside who have little hope of closing the 12 point gap opened up by defending champions Craigentinny.
Craigentinny still show signs of idling in front but their 5-4 away win over relegation doomed Postal doesnt cause any panic in the ranks it was a good outcome though for a Postal team that has been punished for an ultra slow points gathering start. Tanfield helped keep their head above the water with a 5-4 win away at Northern. The table reads, after 12 of the 14 fixtures; Craigentinny 79; Parkside 67; Maitland 59½; Northern 52; Brunstane 52; Tanfield 45½; Hillside 40; Postal 37.