East Calder is the centre of the Universe for West Lothian Bowlers this Sunday with the well appointed club hosting the Final Days play in the £4000 Johnston Oils 20th WL Masters – the major prize at stake being the £1000 title and possession of the signature Green Jacket.Read More
Tonight’s (Thur) venues in the weeklong showcase event of the WLBA are; Deans, Queensferry, Middleton Hall, and Winchburgh while on Friday night Armadale and Bankton Mains share the Section Finals – Last 16.
The schedule for Sunday is; Quarter Finals at 11am; Semi Finals at 1-30pm; and Final at 4pm.
Mondays launch around the greens county-wide saw the 177 strong field lose three of its Top 16 Seeds in the shape of Cameron Greer (10) of Bathgate, Ryan Miller (14) of Buchan Park, and Mark Allison (16) of Kirkliston. There results being; Greer 19 Jamie Eswards (Broxburn) 21; Miller 16 Ian Kilgallon (East Calder) 21; Allison 13 Ian Greer (Newbridge) 21. A further seed was lost with Greg Logan (5) of Uphall Station a late withdrawal.
Tuesday’s second round action produced a major shock with Neil Speirs of Kirkliston – the defending champion and No 1 seed – biting the dust at the 21-17 hands of Glenmavis challenger Tam Whitfield.
The seeds, several with close calls, making it through to Wednesday’s third round were;
Grant Logan ( 2) of Kirkliston; Gary Smith (3) of Linlithgow; Andy Dunnett (4) of Linlithgow; Ewan Shearer (6) of Linlithgow: John Aitken (7) of Kirkliston; Thomas Mann (8) of Newbridge; Brian Craig (9) of Glenmavis; Raymond Logan (11) of Kirkliston; Bryan Cooper (12) of Bathgate; Glenn King (13) of West Calder; Darren Pearce (15) of Kirkliston.
The tremendous title winning triumph of Glenmavis in the Ladies Pairs was an isolated success for the West Lothian challenge in the Bowls Scotland Championships played weeklong at Ayr Northfield.
The best supporting role was played by the Linlithgow Ladies Four of Emma Fleming, Annette Howlett, Morven Shearer, and Lorna Smith who permed with distinction to reach the semi finals – losing 21-13 to near neighbours Carron & Carronshore.
Elsewhere with the ladies – First round exits were made in the Singles – Junior Singles – Triples – Seniors Singles – while the Seniors Fours lost in the Second round.
High expectations for the Gents challenge were dashed early doors with First round exits in the Junior Singles – Pairs – Triples – Seniors Singles – Seniors Fours – Mixed Pairs – while Gary Smith in the Singles and East Calder in the Fours went out in the Second round.