The 19th West Lothian Masters sponsored by Johnston Oils of Bathgate is set for a captivating climax in tomorrows Final Days play at Kirkliston (11am) with last nights 8 Section Finals raising the prospect of epic encounters in the battle for the £1000 title and the signature Green Jacket.Read More
Grant Logan – Four times Master and the No2 seed from Kirkliston won the battle of the cousins in Section 8.The 30 end marathon was last to finish with Grant just holding on from 19-12 to beat Scott, 21-17. The head to head between two dark horse challengers in Section 7 produced a dramatic climax with William Borland of East Calder carding a 4 to snatch a 21-19 win over Andy Mitchell of Pumpherston.
Cameron Greer the No 11seed and 2012 Master battled on from 15-14 down to score a 21-18 win over Alec Allan the 2013 finalist from Newbridge, in Section 6. David Lamb, from last years winning club Uphall Station conjured up a magic 3 to clinch a 21-17 win over 62 year old No 14 seed Raymond Logan of Kirkliston – father of Scott – in Section 5. Linlithgow’s Alistair Stenhouse zipped into a 14-1 lead and sprung a surprise 21-15 defeat on emerging Under 25 star Grant Ramsay of East Calder to win Section 1. A battle between two highly rated non- seeds saw Walter McDougall of Glenmavis dominate to beat Brian Saunders of Bathgate, 21-9, in Section 2. Mark Allison the No 12 seed and 2016 losing finalist from Kirkliston made a 21-8 exit to under the radar challenger David Hay of Polbeth in Section 3. World stage star Neil Speirs, the No 4 seed from Kirkliston delivered a strong performance to beat developing 20 year old Callum Melrose of Deans, 21-10 in Section 4.
Midlothian face tough opposition in the shape of Lanarkshire South when they bid for the national title glory in today final of The Hamilton Trophy at Crieff. The team managed by Drew Pearson of Bonnyrigg has reeled off nine wins on the trot and extending that to 10 out 10 is in the hands of six top-line skips in the shape of, David Peacock, Scott Briggs, Danny McDougall, Colin Bonner, Colin Walker, and Graeme Archer.
The Bowls Scotland National Championships swings into its centre-stage climax at Ayr Northfield next week and the first group of District champions to enter the limelight are the challengers in the Gents Junior Singles and the Ladies and Gents Seniors Singles.
Edinburghs two-fold attack in the Junior Singles bring Dean Macintosh of London Road Foundry and Danny McCourt of Parkside into focus as the champions of Districts 14 and 15 respectively.
Mackintosh a son of the 2009 singles proper enters the challenging arena of Ayr Northfield on Monday and the emerging star in capital city circles parades his skills against Andrew Wilson of Burnside (Rutherglen) on the 3.00pm session.
McCourt who hones his skills in Division 1 of the Edinburgh Bowling League also comes into the spotlight on the 3-30 session and goes head to head in his 1st Round test with Craig Burns of Hurlford (Kilmarnock.
Teenager Darren Pearce of Kirkliston represents the threat from West Lothian and the 19 year old No16 seed in this weeks WL Masters with Hamilton Trophy experience s well is well equipped to make an impression. Pearce takes to the green on the 1-30pm session and launches his campaign against Ryan Murray of Barr & Stroud (Glasgow).
Garry Mitchell of Gilmerton carries the banner for Midlothian and the draw pitches him against Darien Swankie of Arbroath at 3-30 and that time-frame is also shared by Joe Mower of Haddinginton. Mower a recent recruit from Wales and a World Indoor Junior Champion lines up against John Reid of Gourock Park.
Edinburgh District 15 has a very interesting figure flying their flag in the Gents Seniors Singles in the shape of Slateford ace Gordon Ramsay a long time player of note in the highly mainstream of the sport. Ramsay no stranger to Ayr Northfield but yet to set the heather on fire there knows it is shots and not reputation that counts so his target is to reach 21 and that starts against Sandy Jenkins of Bainsford in Monday 11-30am session.
Jim Robertson from the competitive Maitland camp is also a prominent figure in the Capital and the Edinburgh 14 challenger will hope to stay in contention at the expense of George Buchan of Stonehaven, his opening opponent on the 9-30am session.
Lindsay Plenderleith comes into the same category as Gordon Ramsay as a high profile player in the mainstream so expectations are high for the Midlothian District champion from Bonnyrigg. Plenderleith a former Scottish Pairs champion, ouch goes head to head with Hugh MacDonald of Blacklandmill while Andy Burt of Haddington and East Lothian faces John Curror of Stamperland; and Robert Saunders of Whitburn and West Lothian tackles David Farquharson of Westhill (Skene).
Opening Day at the national championships is also a shared Ladies Day with the Seniors Singles swinging into its First Round action and the expected strong Edinburgh support getting behind the efforts of Helen Spence and Janet Heatlie. Spence of Bruntsfield and District 14 takes to the green at 1-30pm and faces Liz Peat of Willowbank (Glasgow) while Heatlie of Lutton Place and District 15 has an earlier 11-30am start against Morag Jones of Muirhill & Birkhead (Dundee). Angie Uttley of Glenmavis-Bathgate is a fierce competitor of international status and the multiple champion of the Edinburgh Open at Balgreen should be a force to be reckoned with. Uttley represents a West Lothian banner that celebrated the title triumph of Doreen Reeder of Kirkliston in 2014 and she opens (11-30) against Fiona Kerr of Bellshill & Mossend. Dot Lavin of Kirkhill and Midlothian faces Betty Melville of Inchture at 9-30am while, at the same time, Janet Fairnie of Castlepark and East Lothian opens against Nan Davies of Cardonald.
The brother and sister act of Scott and Gillian Mackintosh bid to emulate their 2011 title success in the Mixed Pairs and the District 14 champions are joined by the Balerno District 15 Wife/Husband partnership of Helen and Kenny Girdler.
Sandra Steven and Richard Mark of Uphall Station represent West Lothian; Craig Hodge and Maureen Reid of Loanhead MW (Midlothian), and Caitlin Thorburn and Andy Burt of Haddington (East Lothian).