West Lothian bounced back from their opening match defeat in the Cities & Counties Championship with a strong performance to beat Fife County by 25 shots (123-98) on home territory at East Calder.Read More
Wins on five rinks – skipped by Ray Logan, Thomas Mann, Grant Logan, Andy Dunnett, and Sandy McDougall – were hard fought battles on three of them while the only setback was suffered by Stevie Fleming. Whilst WL had the visitors continuously against the collar from the second end onwards it was late in the game before the home side entered the comfort zone of the 20’s plus and indeed there was only nine shots in it entering the 15th end, The three- phase analysis shows WL being hard pushed to gain a 7 shot edge (41-34) on the first then a 2 shot advantage (36-34) on the second; but confirm their supremacy with a 16 shot (46-30) domination of the third. End 17 was positively significant and seen as the match clincher in the shape of a 13-0 clean sweep that accelerated the match lead on the master scoreboard from 12 to 25 (101-76). McDougall led that charge with a super count of six.
It was a much earlier count of a six – at the second end -that sparked a top performance from ‘Super Ray’ Logan who went on to skip Steven Forrest, Connor McKendrick, and Gary Smith to a 26-9 win over Gary Mackie. Mann raced into a 10-1 lead then from 18-8 produced a strong finish to skip Andy Semple, Greg Baldry, and John Aitken to a 27-11 win over Calum Young.
Grant Logan kicked on from 8-7 to skip Drew Paterson, David Rodgers, and Calum Logan to a 22-16 win over David Comrie while a three at the last saw Ewan Shearer, Jamie Aitken, Mark Allison, and Andy Dunnett steal a 19-18 win over James Forbes.
McDougall came back from 10-15 to skip John Black, Alec Allan, and James Speirs to a 20-19 win over James Fernie; but there was no way back for Scott Middlemiss, Blair Mackie, Walter McDougall and Stevie Fleming in a 25-9 defeat from Alan Pearson. Team manager Gordon Logan has switched Mark Allison and Walter McDougall to play third to Stevie Fleming and Andy Dunnett respectively for this Saturday’s away match against Stirling County East at Burnhead BC, Larbert.
West Lothian’s Under 25 brigade looked set for victory when establishing a comfort zone lead of 21 shots after five ends against Renfrewshire at Linlithgow in the Scottish League Cup, but that early promise suffered a serious collapse to a 28 shot defeat.(107-135). Rink scores – Greg Baldry 10 –30; Jamie Aitken 18-25; Connort McKendrick 21-27; Scott McMaster 19-22; Calum Black 21-18; Jordan Pearce 18-13. WL continue their campaign with a home match against Dumbartonshire at Uphall Station this Sunday.
Play in the Jack High Insurance sponsored WLBA Junior Open for the Under 30’s Meikle Trophy saw defending champion Andy Semple of Newbridge beat Kyle McCorisken of Middleton Hall, 21-14, in a prelim tie and he now faces Cameron Fraser of Whitburn at Pumpherston on Monday Night.
Uphall Station captured the scalp of Kirkliston (32-24) in the first round proper of The Kelso Cup and tomorrow night (Fri) face Newbridge at Linlithgow.