Kirkliston bowlers on top again

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Kirkliston’s magnificent team of 10 were in ‘‘flying machine’’ mode to soar above their Bathgate High opponents with a great performance to beat the defending champions 8-0 on points in the final of the White Knights sponsored WLBA Top Ten Championship played at Buchan Park.

“We played great as a team and were 100 per cent focused on avenging our defeat in last season’s final but you don’t get it easy against Bathgate. We had to be on our toes to beat them,’’ said Grant Logan.

Kirkliston are the accepted giants of the Top Ten format and this latest success extends their record number of title wins on the domestic scene to 11. They are also a record four times champions at national level.

Speaking for the jubilant ‘‘Cheesetown Boys’’ Logan added: “The big bonus for us is that it takes us back into the Scottish Inter-County Championship next year and gives us something to look forward to”.

Raymond Logan spearheaded Kirkliston in the singles with the 1998 national champion challenged by another high profile figure in the shape of WLBA Champion of Champions holder, David Drysdale.

Logan (58) delivered a sparkling performance to get Kirkliston off the mark with a 21-14 victory having gained the upper-hand with a purple patch of 3,3,(2),3,(2),3 to have Drysdale at his mercy after 13 ends.

Drysdale closed to 14 and held shot at the next but Logan produced a perfect ‘‘chap and lie’’ to clinch victory in 17 ends.

Grant Logan was in charge of affairs in the fours where he skipped the rink of teenager Robbie Cuthell, Gordon Logan (father) and Mark Allison.

Logan and Co became engaged in a battle royal against Ian Drysdale Jnr, Stephen Murphy, Brian Saunders and Stuart Johnston and trailed 11-10 after 10 ends before finishing the stronger to win 20-13.

What promised to be a fiercely competitive battle in the pairs turned out to be a procession with Neil Speirs skipping Steven Forrest to a 15-5 win over Cameron Greer and Billy Arnott.

Bathgate were competitive in the triples with the McCormick brothers, David and Alan, sandwiched by Bryan Cooper, edging a 7-6 lead over Colin Smith, Calum Logan, and John Aitken. Aitken has a long history of delivering under pressure and the 58-year old did come good once again with a 2,2,2 finish to win 12-7.

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The semi-final results of the WLBA Top Five Singles were, Kirkliston 3 Bathgate 2; Uphall Station 3 Newbridge 2.

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KBC are in action tonight (Friday) with a visit to Fife champions Newburgh in the Inter-County version of the Top Five Singles with Raymond Logan, John Aitken, Mark Allison, Steven Forrest and Calum Logan on duty.

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Lorna Smith of Linlithgow continues to dominate the sport with the former world star capturing the East of Scotland singles title for the fourth time in a row.

Smith, who last month became the first ever to win the national singles title back-to-back, beat Nancy Cormack of Strathmiglo, 21-15 in the EOS finals at Pumpherston having also defeated Shona Johnstone of Tipperlinn.

Despite general acceptance of Smith being Scotland’s unchallenged No1 she continues to be ignored by Bowls Scotland and Sports Scotland for Commonwealth Games selection consideration.

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There is a local presence when Scotland’s top bowlers face the world’s best next week when Kelvingrove hosts the Eight Nations Commonwealth Invitation Championships.

On the green are mainstream WL stars Grant Logan, Neil Speirs (both Kirkliston) and Thomas Mann of Newbridge plus Lorraine Malloy of Seafield.

It is also a massive window of opportunity for disabled bowler Gary Clelland of Bellsburn.