East Lothian have yet to shake off the challenge from neighbour club Midlothian in the race to finish top of the table in the East B section of the Scottish indoor bowls Seniors League; but the aging stars from the garden county continued in fine form at home to West Lothian.Read More
The leaders of the pack were notching up their seventh win from eight games with wins on the rinks skipped by Willie Wood MBE, Alistair Russell, and Tommy Young propelling EL to a sizeable 73-45 victory the only setback being a narrow defeat for Peter Laidlaw. Wood has fellow international icon figure David McGill turning out for him at third this season and their latest winning performance with Ross Maguire and Jim McLeod as a front end came in the shape of a 13-5 scoreline.
Midlothian edged a 63-57 win over Tweedbank at Galashiels to stay within two points of East Lothian; but with one game in hand albeit the leaders have a handsome shot margin plus of 64.
Bainfield suffered an agonising single shot defeat (54-53) at home to Balbardie and the depressing record of the Edinburgh team is two wins out of eight.
The final stages of the Ladies Scottish Fours Championship at Aberdeen IBC on the weekend of March 25/26 is an Edinburgh & Lothian free zone with all five of the local clubs failing to progress from the play down action. The Bainfield rink of Heather Stoddart Kate McVey, Anna Anderson, and Mandy ODonnell opened with a 21-18 win over Coatbridge in the prelim round at East Lothian IBC; but made a 20-18 exit to East Fife in the first round proper.
Balbardie also featured in a first round exit with their rink of Betty Johnston, Angie Uttley, Helen Wilson, and Margo Duff just touched off, 16-14, in a tough battle against Falkirk. West Lothian started brightly with their rink of Sandra Purdie, Irene Wright, Carole Clarkson, and Margaret Russell beating Tweedbank, 26-14 then West of Scotland, 21-16, but dark clouds in the second round saw them exit 24-8 at the hands of East Fife.
Midlothian competed at Blantyre where the weekend was cut short for the rink of Sandra Muir, Norma Shillinglaw, Margaret Porter, and Shona Johnstone by a 20-12 defeat from Stirling in the prelim round.
East Lothian were on fire for three rounds with Janet Fairnie skipping Dee Hoggan, Mags Thomson, and Yvonne Veitch to spectacular wins over Cowal (30-12), Alloa (27-10), and Stirling by a whopping, 30-3.
Defeat in the section final by seven shots (20-13) from Abbeyview was an anti climax. Headwell, Arbroath, and Blantyre joined Abbeyview in the semi final line up.