The stakes are critically high and the rival combatants of mega star quality so a battle of epic proportions is expected when reigning national champions East Lothian clash with West Lothian at Livingston this Saturday.Read More
East Lothian arrive at the Inveralmond stadium as the table toppers in the B section of the indoor bowls Premier League but it is only by the narrow margin of 6 shots as they enter the penultimate fixture level on points with West Lothian.
West Lothian, 103-66 winners at home to Elgin last weekend, are undefeated at Inveralmond this season and are putting up a strong show in a bid to re-establish a reputation that has been dented by a season in Division 1 but now they face the toughest test possible.
East Lothian have been shown to be vulnerable having lost away to Elgin but when in full flight are an awesome force as demonstrated with last weeks massive 42 shot bounce back win at home to Ardrossan.Leader of the garden county pack is six times world singles champion Alex Marshall MBE and the inspirational news from the East Lothian camp is that their iconic figure is back up from the world championships at Potters Leisure and lines up against West Lothian.
Marshall is joined as one of the four EL skips by ace international figures Derek Oliver and Billy Mellors plus Scotlands second most capped Scotland star Graham Robertson.Legend figure Willie Wood MBE will be parading his skills as third to Robertson while other international stars in the shape of Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins help to give EL an invincible look.West Lothian have yet to announce their battle plans but are likely to be spearheaded by major generals in the shape of international figures Neil Speirs and Thomas Mann in company with fellow caps Mark Allison, Calum Logan, Bryan Cooper, Craig Moss, and perhaps George Sneddon.East Lothian.Rink 1. E Fallen, K Cunningham, WW Wood, G Robertson.Rink 2. M Yuill, D Berwick Cpt, SW Thomson, and A Marshall.Rink 3. L Middler, D Riva, S Kennedy, and B Mellors.Rink 4. L Betts, D Sked, J Higgins, and D Oliver.
Midlothian IBC were knocked off their perch as joint leaders of Section A of the Premier League and the damage of a massive 41 shot defeat was inflicted by chief rivals, Blanrtyre, who were confirming an invincibility on their home carpet. Midlothian finish at home to Lanarkshire and away to Bainfield but Blantyre is not expected to slip up in a run in that finds them away to Coatbridge and at home to Cumbernauld.
Great News on the Edinburgh front is that Bainfield improved their prospects of staying clear of the relegation playoff zone with a gold plated 82-72 away win over third placed Lanarkshire and now sit two points clear of Coatbridge and eight clear of Cumbernauld.A Bainfield win at Cumbernauld this weekend would secure their continued PL status if at the same time Coatbridge lose to Blantyre.
The Edinburgh & Leith BA is calling for County Team Nominations for the 2018 outdoor season to be submitted no later than March 31 while they conform David McGill of Braid and Andy Mackay of Maitland as candidates to join the Committee. Hillside stalwart figure of 31 years and well known EBL and Edinburgh Top Ten Official John Newall is returning to his roots by joining Northern BC having started his career their in 1976 through to 1986.