West Lothian lived dangerously against tip top East section opposition in the shape of Edinburgh & Leith at Queensferry last Saturday; but despite only having two winning rinks out of six, managed to escape to a dramatic three shot victory.Read More
The major contributor to the final 112-109 totals flashed up on the master scoreboard being the winning performances from the rinks skipped by Raymond Logan, and Andrew Dunnett. Yet the hero figure that tipped the scales in a nail biting climax emerged in the shape of Sandy McDougall whose rink played the final two ends in spotlight isolation and attracted rapturous applause when carding a magic count of 4 followed by the affordable loss of a single. McDougall and his front-three of John Black, Alec Allan, and James Speirs Jnr made their colossal impact on the outcome of the match despite suffering a 22-17 defeat from Robert Marshall.
WL battled against the collar for all but one –the sixth- of the first 17 ends but never allowed E&L to reach a comfort zone although the visitors did show signs of a growing supremacy when going 14 up (59-45) after 10 ends.
End 15 across the six rinks will be hailed as the game-changing moment as WL achieved a 10-0 clean sweep that reduced E&L’s comfortable looking 11 shot lead (77-66) down to a very attackable single shot (77-76) advantage. The phase scoring depicts a battle royal with E&L edging the first seven-ends, 35-34, then capturing the second, 42-32; but WL banking two vital win points with a storming 46-32 fight back on the third.
West Lothian’s chief architect of victory was “Super Ray” Logan who lifted spirits with a run that powered him from 10-8 to 21-8 en route to skipping Steven Forrest, Connor McKendrick, and Gary Smith to a 23-13 win over Darren Hush.
Dunnett pushed on from 12-12 to skip Ewan Shearer, Jordan Pearce, and Walter McDougall to a 19-13 win over Mal Higgenbotham. John Aitken skipped Andy Semple, Greg Baldry, and David Lamb to a 21-21 peel with Paul O’Donnell while Drew Paterson, David Rodgers, Calum Logan, and Grant Logan slipped to a narrow 19-16 defeat from James Hogg. Steven Fleming and his rink of Scott Middlemiss, Blair Mackie, and Mark Allison steadied from 16-7 down in a 21-16 defeat from John McDermott. Other Results : East Lothian 140 Midlothian 113; Borders 128 Fife 105; West Fife 108 Stirling East 129.
West Lothian feature in a top of the bill match this Saturday and have home environment advantage at Kirkliston against undefeated section leaders East Lothian who hope to have world stage star Alex Marshall MBE – expected to fly in from Australia on Friday night – in their line up. The other fixtures are Edinburgh & Leith v Midlothian at Northern; Borders v West Fife at Jedburgh: Fife v Stirling East at Strathmiglo.
Andrew Semple of Newbridge stepped up his defence of the Jack High Insurance sponsored WLBA Junior Open title, for The Fred Meikle Trophy, with a hard fought 21-19 victory over Mark McCullagh of Buchan Park in Monday nights second round action. The quarterfinals action this Monday night coming features cracking encounters in the shape of, Calum Logan (Kirkliston) v Jordan Pearce (Kirkliston), Andrew Semple (Newbridge) v Connor McKendrick (Middleton Hall), both at Buchan Park; also Kyle Brodley (Kirkliston) v Steven Fleming (Buchan Park); Shaun Cairns (Harrysmuir) v Blair Mackie (Newbridge) both at Ratho.
Whitburn booked their place in tomorrow nights (Fri) semi final action of The Kelso Cup at Broxburn with a 39-29 win over West Calder, and will face a Newbridge opposition that progressed at the 36-21 expense of Kinneil.
Buchan Park impressed with a 35-28 victory over Bathgate, and will line up in their semi final against a Bellsburn team that dealt a 35-21 exit to Broxburn.