High-profile opponents for Kirkliston in Top Ten

Lynn Cairns delivers the first jack of the season watched by husband and club president George Cairns and members at the opening of the 2014 season at Queensferry Bowling Club.
Lynn Cairns delivers the first jack of the season watched by husband and club president George Cairns and members at the opening of the 2014 season at Queensferry Bowling Club.
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Kirkliston are back in the hunt for the 2014 Scottish Inter-County Top Ten title with the 2013 West Lothian champions bidding to extend their record number of triumphs in the highly competitive national event from four to five.

The Top Ten enters its 33rd year of nationwide competition and Co-operative Funeralcare has announced its continuing involvement as the headline sponsor for a third year in a row.

‘‘Supporting the local communities we serve is at the heart of our heritage and everything we do.

‘‘Our continuing support of the Scottish Inter County Top Ten enables us to give something back to communities all over Scotland,’’ said George Tinning, managing director of Co-operative Funeralcare.

Kirkliston have established themselves as the giants of the event as a result of the West Lothian champions etching their name on the national silverware in seasons 1989, 2001, 2011 and 2012.

“We are delighted to be representing West Lothian yet again as their champions and will be trying our level best to produce the type of form that is required to land such a high prestige title,’’ said a spokesman.

Kirkliston have emerged from the hat with home advantage but have drawn a corker of a prelim round match in the shape of Eddlewood who are the highly respected champions of Lanarkshire. They go head to head on Sunday, May 11.

On the administration front of the Scottish Inter County Top Ten Association it was a good outcome for West Lothian BA delegate Gary Clelland of Bellbsurn who was voted in to serve as vice-president.

Meanwhile, on the domestic front at West Lothian IBC, the battle for the coveted gents singles title is down to the last two with defending champion Neil Speirs set to go head-to-head with Mark Allison in the final at the Inveralmond stadium on Monday night.

This week’s semi-final action saw Speirs dash into a 10-2 lead over David Wilson Snr then go on clinch a commanding 21-9 victory in 18 ends while Allison dominated his game against Connor McKendrick to triumph 21-6 in 14 ends.