Raymond Logan and his sons Calum and Scott made finals night of the West Lothian Bowling Association Championships staged at Linlithgow BC an extra-special memorable occasion by triggering a hat trick of title celebrations in the Kirkliston camp.
Calum – the youngest of the two brothers – was the first player to set the finals alight as the 27-year old hit the ground running in his bid to capture the Jack High Insurance sponsored Junior Open title for a third time having etched his name on The Fred Meikle Trophy in 2010 and 2014. Having made his full cap debut for Scotland in 2014, and with eight Junior International Series also to his credit, there was a wide gap in experience between the two finalists and it didn’t help emerging star Shaun Cairns of Harrysmuir (Livingston) that Logan gave him no time to settle. Completing a title treble for himself was Logan’s main driving ambition and his strong sense of focus was rewarded by a top gear start that quickly accelerated him into an 18-2 lead after 10-ends.
Cairns carded a single to 3 but there was no way back for the 2015 semi finalist with Logan confirming his supremacy by landing a one-two knockout blow to clinch a 21-3 win in a super quick 13-ends. Scott Logan has achieved Hamilton Trophy status with East Lothian but yet to set the record books on fire in his native West Lothian so he will be delighted to have bagged the County Fours title playing second to Darren Pearce, Mark Allison, and gold medal star Neil Speirs. One of the duties of a second is to mark the scorecard so when Logan entered a Super Six in favour of Kirkliston on end two his spirits would soar in expectation that it could be long night for the opposition rink of Scott Middlemiss, Dave McQueen, Eddie Caulfield, and Simon Lamb of Bellsburn B.C.
Kirkliston converted that encouraging start into a 13-4 lead after nine ends and only dwelt in the dreaded bowlers graveyard for one end before bolting out of it to win 17-9. Raymond Logan is “The Super Ray” figure of ‘Bowls in West Lothian’ and the now 61 year old winner of the 1998 Scottish Singles Title was hunting a headline triumph as skip to Andi Gray in the Mark Feeney sponsored Pairs for the Dalyell Shield.
Gray was defending the title having won it the previous year with Neil Speirs and his dreams of basking in the limelight yet again were boosted by a terrific start that saw the partnership card 1 (1), 3, 5, 7 to have Whitburn’s Mark Finlayson and Robert Knox at their 16-1 mercy. There was no way back for Whitburn, and the commanding 22-8 victory of Gray/Logan triggered the KBC celebrations of a unique father and two sons achievement of WLBA title wins on the same night.