West Lothian IBC crowned a new Gents Singles champion in the shape of 60 year old Richard Mark who made a major impression on the recent domestic final at The Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston to score a commanding 21-7 victory over David Brown.Read More
Whilst the winning 14 shot margin suggests a final of one-way traffic the battle for supremacy was much closer than that in terms of quality of play but Mark was more successful in converting his range of skills into shots on the card. I have knocked on the door in the later stages several times over the years but this is the first time I have been able to trigger the title winning salute and it is a great feeling to get by name etched on the honours board along sides many great names, reflected the newly crowned champion.
Both finalists were surprise packages in that they defied the odds in their respective semi finals with Mark defeating six times capped Cameron Greer, 21-12, and Brown playing out of his skin to capture the scalp, 21-16, of 21 times capped Calum Logan.
The inaugural staging of a Ladies Seniors Singles Championship produced a dramatic final episode with Sandra Purdie looking destined to play the supporting role but ending up stealing the show at the expense of Jean Brown. Brown commanded the stage over the opening nine ends having produced a stunning level of performance to have Purdie at her 16-1 mercy and even at 19-6 she still looked certain to be the one basking in a champion applause. But a rewrite of the script resulted in a blockbusting climax and spectacular show piece of sporting drama with Purdie carding a 2 to light the fuse of an explosive 2, 2, 4, 1, 3, 1 revival that saw her rocket to a 21-19 victory in 20-ends.
The Singles final proper was an anti climax affair with 26 -year old full cap Lisa Barrett making a successful defence of the title in 11-ends at the 21-2 expense of the luckless Ann Muirhead.
The final of the Ladies Junior Singles at East Lothian IBC saw the crowd at The Alex Marshall Arena acclaim a first time title triumph in the event for emerging star Megan Kivlin who stole a march on Melissa Penman to lead 14-4 then stayed on strongly to win 21-7.
Former World Junior Singles champion Joe Mower proved too strong for budding star Calum Darling in the final of the Under 21 Singles and wrapped up a 21-5 victory in 12-ends.