West Lothian powered to a spectacular 71 shot victory (155-84) over Stirling County East at Burn head, Lambert, in match three of The Cities and Counties Championship, for the iconic Hamilton Trophy.Read More
The demolition of the home based opposition was engineered in exciting style by brilliant double figure triumphs for the rinks skipped by Andy Dennett, Raymond Logan, and Steve Fleming, ably supported by harder fought wins for Thomas Mann, and Sandy McDougall. Grant Logan almost made it a clean sweep; but losing a single at the last forced him to settle for a peel that wasn’t considered a negative in a magnificent team performance.
WL hit the ground running and led from start to finish having established an early authority via an 18 shot lead (28-10) after three ends then entering the comfort zone of the high 20’s (26) with an 8-0 on clean sweep the next end. The completion of end seven saw the master scoreboard signalling a massive 40 shot lead (60-20) for the rampant visitors then a quieter 38-31 (+7) outcome of the second phase was followed by the 57-33 (+24) supremacy of the third. Dunnett won 15 of his 21 ends and included a run of 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1 as he skipped Ewan Shearer, Jamie Aitken, and Walter McDougall to a 28-8 win over C Ross.
Logan (Ray) celebrated a mighty 5 at the third end and a magnificent 7 at 20th as he skipped Steven Forrest, Connor McKendrick, and Gary Smith to a 32-13 win over Gary Rowan. Fleming zipped into a 14-1 lead after eight ends en route to skipping Scott Middlemiss, Blair Mackie, and Mark Allison to a 31-13 win over Simon Thomson.
Mann trade comfortably from 14-5 to beat Stuart Hogg, 21-13, and McDougall battled on from 21-21 to score a 29-23 win over Stuart Williamson while Grant Logan was held to a 14-14 peel by D Couper. It was a major bonus for WL when the news broke that their first match conquerors, Midlothian, had suffered a shock 46 shot home defeat at Newbattle (137-91) from Borders.
Elsewhere in the East section, leaders East Lothian made it three wins in three by crushing Fife County by 53 shots (145-92) at Leslie, and Edinburgh &Leith best West Fife 130-90 (+40) at Wardie.
WL continue their campaign with a massive clash this Saturday at Queesnferry against visitors Edinburgh & Leith for which John Aiken steps up for the unavailable Thomas Mann at skip while David Lamb coming in at third, and Jordan Pearce of Kirkliston takes over from Jamie Aitken at second to Andy Dunnett.
The Under 25 brigade of the WLBA slipped to a narrow four shot defeat at home to Dumbartonshire at Uphall Station in the Scottish League Cup. The rink scores were, Greg Baldry 23-12; Connor McKendricj 25-20; Scott McMaster 15-15; Calum Black 19-19; Jordan Pearce 20-24; Jamie Aitken 13-29.
Monday nights Last 16 line up in the Jack High Insurance sponsored WLBA Junior Open for the Fred Meikle Trophy features; Calum Logan v Jame Aitken; Jamie Deegan v Jordan Pearce; Andrew Semple (H) v Mark McCullagh; at Harrysmuir – Connor McKendrick v Calum Black; Kyle Brodley v Greg Baldry; at Kirkliston – Jamie Edwards v Steven Fleming; Alan Paterson v Shaun Cairns, Ryan miller v Blair Mackie; at Pumpherston.
Friday nights quarterfinals of The Kelso Cup features; Buchan Park v Bathgate at East Calder; Bellsburn v broxburn at Pumpherston; Kinneil v Newbridge at Buchan Park; West Calder v Winchburgh at Newbridge.
WL Under 25’s face Ayrshire at Larkhall this Sunday in the opening round of the Jim Bell Scottish Cup.