It is County Finals Night at East Calder tomorrow night (Fri) with the top of the bill action in the Singles featuring defending champion Jimmy Speirs of Ratho versus Andy Paterson of Harrysmuir.Read More
The final of the Triples features Stuart McKie, Colin Forrest, and Allan Ure of Kinneil against Jas Aitken, Ian Robertson, and Thomas Mann of Newbridge.
Winchburgh defend the Fours title with David Gemmell Jr, Tammy Johnston, Craig Gourlay, and Brian Clarkson facing Cheesetown Boys (Kirkliston) Kyle Brodley, Andy Suddon, Mark Allison, and Raymond Logan.
West Lothian’s high-flying Hamilton Trophy team made it a magnificent five wins out five with another strong performance to score a commanding 27 shot victory (132-105) over Midlothian at Loanhead MW. Results elsewhere also went in West Lothian’s favour and the 117-103 defeat of Edinburgh & Leith at East Lothian leaves the defending champions 4 points clear of the chasing pack in the East Section. The league table reading; WL 10 (+108); Stirling C East 6 (0); E&L 6 (-9); East Lothian 6 (-19); West Fife 4; Midlothian 2; Fife 2.West Lothian’s two remaining fixtures are away to Fife at Markinch this Saturday; then at home to Stirling County East at Kirkliston on June 22.
Team captain Raymond Logan led the WL charge to victory over a strongly formed Midlothian opposition and his 15 shot victory was supported by Grant Logan (13); Andy Dunnett (4); and Steven Fleming (1). Midlothian inflicted narrow defeats on the rinks skipped by Neil Speirs (-1), and Thomas Mann (-5). Logan (Raymond) made an inspirational start to skip Darren Pearce, Barry Sword, and Mark Allison into a 10-1 lead then 19-7 and included a mighty 5 in a final scoreline of 26-11. Logan (Grant) came good at 7-9 with a run of 2, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 to skip Calum Black, Blair Mackie, and Gary Orr into a 19-9 lead then on to a 25-12 win over Graeme Archer. Dunnett skipped Cameron Greer, Davy Lamb, and Calum Logan into a healthy 19-9 lead then coming under pressure included a 5 in a 26-22 win. Fleming skipped Drew Paterson, Paul Sweeney, and Sandy McDougall into a 20-11 lead but losses on the final six ends saw him scramble a 20-19 win over David Peacock. Speirs (Neil) and his front-three of Steven Forrest, Jamie Edwards, and James Speirs were piped 19-8 while Mann and his rink of Jamie Aitken, Robbie Cuthill, and Gary Smith lost 22-17
Gary Smith is an enforced absentee for this weeks match against Fife and team manager John Black brings in the returning Ewan Shearer as a direct replacement at third to Thomas Mann while Jimmy Speirs makes his debut at lead to Ray Logan.
Linlithgow made a frustrating exit on shot margin to Midlothian champions Buccleuch in a cracking semi final of the Countrywide Trusts and Wills sponsored Inter County Top played at Eddlewood, Hamilton.
Singles spearhead Gary Smith recovered strongly from a slow start and from 18-8 down played some awesome bowls to menace at 18-16 before losing out to a 1, 2 finish from a brilliant Danny McDougall.
Andy Dunnett skipped Andy Cruickshanks to a dramatic and nail-biting 14-13 win the Pairs with a single at the last while the triple of Scott Murphy, Ewan Shearer, and Gary Orr benefited from a mighty 5 at the second last to edge a 14-13 victory.
The rink of Andrew Grimshaw Jr, Derek Logie, Scot Mushet, and Stevie Fleming were outgunned 13-9 in a hard fought battle in the Fours.
A tremendous final saw the young and boisterous Buccleuch team suffer a last bowl single shot defeat from The Rock of Dumbartonshire – a traumatc anti climax after Mark Thorburn (also of East Calder) had brilliantly drawn 4 shots on his last end to snatch a 16-14 win in the Pairs.