Bainfield gents sit third of six after five games played in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League and have the chance to draw level with joint leaders Falkirk when they visit their rivals in todays schedule of matches.Read More
Falkirk are undefeated at home and that includes beating fellow joint leaders Blantyre so it is a tall order for the Edinburgh Elite from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium to bring the two win points back to the capital city. The Bainfield psyche is boosted by their opening match win at home to Falkirk and the team is populated by a strong backbone of proven stars of international calibre backed up by experienced campaigners. The enforced absence of ace skip Colin Hutchison is a negative but Paul ODonnell steps up and into his shoes and joins James Hogg, Gavin Smith, and iconic figure Robert Marshall as a formidable line up of spearhead drivers. Alan Brown a winner of 18 full caps in his heyday captains a team that reads, Rink 1. Tam Ebbs, Brian Stoddart, Alex Hurry, and James Hogg. Rink 2. Euan Craig, Alan Brown, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith. Rink 3. Willie McIntosh, Colin Gilchrist, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 4. Mark McIntosh, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gorman, and Robert Marshall.
Midlothian sit two points behind Bainfield and too close to the relegation zone for comfort and especially so if the travellers from The Dalkeith Stadium fail to pull off a win in their visit to Ayr. Ayr is unfamiliar territory for a Midlothian team that goes into battle without star figure Ronnie Duncan off to the World Outdoor Championships in New Zealand but the return of Graeme Archer and David Peacock is major compensation. The formbook suggests an away win Ayr lost by 40 shots to Blantyre – and the team expected to deliver reads, Rink 1. Scott Runciman, David Salkeld, John Stevenson, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 3. Andy Caldwell, Keith Stables, Sandy Knight, and Graeme Archer. Rink 4. Jack Macnab, Ian Fleming, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Colin Walker.
East Lothian also travel to Ayrshire where the clear leaders of the B Division of The Premier League tackle an Ardrossan team aiming to remain undefeated at home. The absence of Alex Marshall MBE, Billy Mellors, and Mark Johnston is a blow to EL prospects; but the garden county has often proved resilient in such circumstances in the past. Rink 1. Les Middler, Matt Osborne, Jamie Higins, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Craig Mackintosh, Stevie Thomson, Willie Wood MBE, and Graham Robertson. Rink 3. Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Glenn Blair, and Joe Mower. Rink 4. Andy Jeffrey, Dean Riva, Dougie Berwick, and Scott Kennedy.
Foot of the table Balbardie are in a must win situation when they entertain fellow strugglers Lanarkshire while neighbour club West Lothian- without Neil Speirs – bid to make it six out of six when the Division 1 North leaders travel to Arbroath.