West Lothian completed a hat-trick of wins in the tough East section of the Cities and Counties Championship with a battling 15 shot triumph (110-95) over West Fife at Linlithgow that puts the defending champions clear of the chasing pack.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by Grant Logan, Neil Speirs, and team captain Raymond Logan more than covered the narrow defeats inflicted upon Gary Smith, Andrew Dunnett, and Steven Fleming.
Logan (Grant) added 3, 3, 1 to skip Calum Black, Blair Mackie, and Gary Orr into an 8-4 lead then zipped to 22-8 then to an inspiring 2613 win over David Junor.
Speirs made a brilliant start to skip Steve Forrest, Jamie Edwards, and James Speirs into a 14-3 lead then was staining the pressure at 22-11 and contributed a 25-16 win over Rab McFarlane. Logan (Raymond) was always hard pressed in a low scoring game and tipped the scales with a 1, 2 finish to skip Darren Pearce, Barry Sword, and Mark Allison to a 13-12 win over Andrew Kennedy.
Gary Smith was off the pace at 14-6 down after 13 ends but in company with Jamie Aitken, Robbie Cuthill, and Cameron Greer dug in well to finish a damage limitation 18-17 down to Paul Brown.
Andy Dunnett and his front-three of Ewan Shearer, Davy Lamb, and Calum Logan made good headway to lead 13-8 but slipped to an 18-16 defeat from Craig Watson. Steven Fleming and his rink of Drew Paterson, Paul Sweeney, and Sandy McDougall, led 11-6 then came under pressure at 13-11 and lost a 16-13 battle to Dylan Robertson.
Other results: Edinburgh & Leith 122 Stirling County East 115; Borders 118 East Lothian 119; Fife 113 Midlothian 140. West Lothian continue their East Section campaign against Borders at Newbridge this Saturday and the return of Thomas Mann at skip sees Gary Smith lining up as his third resulting in Cameron Geer moved to play lead to Andy Dunnett in the absence of Ewan Shearer. The other week 4 fixtures are Stirling East v Midlothian; East Lothian v West Fife; Fife v Edinburgh & Leith.
Linlithgow have carried the West Lothian banner into the semi-finals of the Countrywide Wills and Trusts Inter County Top Ten having returned from a tough away challenge with the scalp of their Ayrshire counterparts Glaisnock Valley. A 4-4 share of the points saw Linlithgow trigger the victory salute on a superior shot aggregate of 59-51. Gary Smith produced an inspiration spearhead role to score a 21-13 victory in the singles having cheered up the travelling support with a strong performance to have David Shields at his 18-6 mercy. Steven Fleming also inflicted pain on the home team as he skipped Andrew Grimshaw Jnr, Colin Stein, and Derek Logie into a 15-6 led that was converted into a 20-11 win in the Fours.
The Ayrshire champions beat Andrew Cruickshank and Scott Mushet 14-9 in the Pairs and doubled up with a 13-9 win over Tam Hamilton, Scott Murphy, and Gary Orr in the Triples. Andy Dunnett and Ewan Shearer were absent on international trial duty. The semi-final draw pitches Linlithgow against Midlothian champions Buccleuch at Hamilton venue Eddleston on Sunday June 9.
The West Lothian Under 25 brigade scored a 133-103 away win over Dumbartonshire at Auchinloch in the Scottish League Cup. Rink scores: Jordan Pearce 11-22; Darren Pearce 20-13; Jack Murphy 32-21; Robbie Cuthill 26-17; Ryan Duffy 17-18; Jamie Edwards 27-12.