Bainfields win over defending champions Blantyre at the Hutchison Crossway stadium was a brilliant start to the Edinburgh elites campaign in the B Division of the indoor bowls Premier League.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by James Hogg, Robert Marshall, and John McDermott plus a peel for Paul ODonnell propelled the strongly focused home team to a commendable 79-64 victory in front of a jubilant support. Todays visit of far travelled Turriff pitches Bainfield again a competitive opposition however having hit the ground running opportunity does knock for the stars of the capital cities only indoor stadium to sparkle yet gain in front of what will be an expectant home banking.
Selector Paul ODonnell makes one change in the shape of icon figure Alan Brown making his seasonal debut at the expense of Greg Walker who joins his brother Mark on the reserve bench. Brown winner of 18 consecutive caps between 1990 and 1995 lines up at third in the rink of Craig Mackintosh, Stephen Pringle and John McDermott (skip) with John Kidd moved to play second to Mark McIntosh, Danny Gormley, and Robert Marshall (skip). The rinks of David McNair, Brian Stoddart, Steven Pilley, James Hogg (skip) and Graham Angus, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson, Paul ODonnell (skip) remain unchanged.
East Lothian also made an impressive start to their B Division campaign having crossed the River Forth and produced an excellent 25 shot winning performance (90-65) against Abbeyview (Dunfermline). Commonwealth Games gold medal stars Alex Marshall MBE and Derek Oliver opened up the pathway to victory with 10 shot wins on their respective rinks ably supported by an 8 shot contribution from team captain Stuart Thomson; the only setback being the narrow 3 shot defeat of Joe Mower. The stars of the Garden County feature in todays match of the day and in a re-run of last seasons final have home carpet advantage against the might of Blantyre. Beefed up by the presence of Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy the EL line up reads; Rink 1. Mark Yuill, Kevin Cunninghman, Ewan Fallen, Alex Marshall MBE (skip). Rink 2. Andy Jeffrey, Graham Robertsson, Stuart Thomson, Scott Kennedy (skip) Rink 3. Mark Johnston, Dean Riva, Joe Mower, Billy Mellors (skip). Rink 4. Lewis Betts, David Sked, Jamie Higgins, Derek Oliver (skip).
Midlothian also impressed with a battling away victory over Turriff having returned from their exhausting trip North with an 89-79 win subsequently rewarded by team manger Ronnie Allan keeping his line up intact for todays visit of Abbeyview to the Dalkeith Stadium.
West Lothian made a dire start to their campaign in the A Division of the Premier League having suffered a shock 84-71 defeat at home to top echelon debutants West of Scotland. West Lothian did fire on two of their four cylinders with winning performances served up by the rinks skipped by Craig Moss (25-16) and James Speirs (22-15); but flat batteries on the rinks skipped by Neil Speirs and Mark Allison were severely punished. The visitors landed a major blow to the morale of the home side with their rink skipped by S ODonnell dishing out 25-12 pasting of icon figure Neil Speirs and his front-three of Bryan Cooper, Connor McKendrick, and Des Hagart. Mark Allison and his rink of Ian Drysdale, Raymond Logan, and Cameron Greer also suffered an uncomfortable time of it having only managed to register shots on six of the 21- ends en-route to a damaging 28-12 defeat from Grier McDougall. The other results in the A Division were, Elgin 85 Lanarkshire 87; Falkirk 89 Aberdeen 60.
WL get an immediate chance to atone in front of their depressed support this today as they have home environment advantage against, albeit stronger form-line opposition, Falkirk. Selectors Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs bring in Dougie Mitchell for Blair Mackie and have tinkered with the make up of all four rinks.
Balbardie hit the ground running in their home match against Headwell in Division 1 North with wins all four rinks delivering a terrific 67 shot victory (117-50). The rink scores were, Walter McDougall 37 C Watson 13; Mark Bonar 30 JJ Watson 9; Jim Speirs 26 G Martin 12; Ewan Shearer 24 H Delaney 12. Other results; Coatbridge 63 Cumbernauld 89; Fraserburgh 93 Dundee 71.
Headwell (Dunfermline) is one of the venues for tomorrows play-down action in the Gents National 2Bowl Pairs and the early play features Bainfield (Alan Brown & Barry Hill) against Perth at 9-30am also West Lothian (Richard Mark & Craig Moss) against Balbardie. The 11am season includes East Lothian (Mark Johnston & Willie Wood MBE) against Headwell also Midlothian (Ronnie Duncan & Colin Walker) against Berwickshire.
This weeks results in the East B section of the gents Seniors League were; Midlothian 69 East Lothian 51; Balbardie 65 Teviotdale 61; Tweedbank 54 Bainfield 58.