The National Bowling Championships swing into action at the Ayr Northfield Complex tomorrrow with play in the Seniors Singles and Fours, and The Mixed Pairs taking centre stage ahead of the gladiatorial mainstream events on Thursday.
The challenge from the Capital City is a strong one and spearheaded by District 15 champions John McDermott and his ‘super gran’ Mary Price of Sighthill who have battled through the qualifying system to defend the Mixed Pairs title. The Sighthill duo open against Stoneyetts of Glasgow on the 3-30pm session; but are preceeded by District 14 champions Elaine Walker and Alan Flockhart of Maitland who face Rattray of Blairgowrie at 12-30pm.
The wider Lothian challenge is represented by Harrysmuir, Gilmerton Pr, and the eye-catching East Lothian partnership of Dee Hoggan and 2000 Scottish Singles champion John McCrorie.
It is the wider Lothian challenge that provides the major crowd attraction in the ladies Seniors Singles in the shape of the phenomenal Lorna Smith of Linlithgow who in the higher grade Singles Proper has won the national title three times in a row. Smith is joined in the battle for the seniors crown by Jean Tough of Leith, Betty Eaton of Beechwood, Anne McCall of Shottstown, and Janet Fairnie of Castlepark. McCall leads the way at 9-30am followed by Fairnie, Tough, and Smith at 12noon, then Eaton at 3-30.
If Roddy Watson of Dean bowls as well as he says he curls then he will give his strong EBL support something to shout about in the gents senior Singles where he opens aganst Leslie Stewart of Huntly at 12noon while on the same session Adam Melrose of Sighthill faces Kenny Brown of Inchinnan.
Bob McKay (Armadale), Sandy Plenderleith (Gifford) and Jocky Miller (Musselburgh) – father of Kenny – also compete for the title.
Gents Seniors Fours – Goldenacre – Parkside – Winchburgh – Kirkhill -Cockenzie & Port Seton.
Ladies Seniors Fours – Hillside – Colinton – Buchan Park – Polton – Gullane.