Kirkliston bowlers triumph

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KIRKLISTON won The Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored inter-county Top Ten tournament for a fourth time when the West Lothian champions beat Inverkeithing 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

The headline contributor to the title success of ‘The Cheesetown Boys’ was Raymond Logan whose form in the singles was inspirational.

The Kirkliston triumph was also a back-to-back success that saw the defending champions equal the achievement of Slateford back in their heyday of 1996 and 1997.

Kirkliston arrived at Colinton as firm favourites as their awesome line up included three national singles champions plus full cap Grant Logan and junior cap Calum Logan.

In addition, current County players Steven Forrest, Mark Allison, and Greg Logan were joined by junior county ace Andrew Suddon, and former WL star Gordon Logan.

Kirkliston’s first signal of intent was flashed in the semi-finals when they beat Chirnside 8-0. Kirkliston lined up in the final against an Inverkeithing side that had clinched a spectacular last-bowl victory over Castle Douglas.

The confrontation in the singles was a cracking affair that kept the large crowd entertained for 27 enthralling ends and Logan was forced to pull out all the stops in order to clinch a 21-17 victory over David Junor.

Speirs skipped Forrest in the pairs and the partnership led 9-2 before jolted by the loss of a six but they recovered to an impressive 18-11 win.

Aitken skipped Allison and Calum Logan in the triples but faced an uphill battle after going 8-0 down to junior cap Ross Junor, and although menacing at 11-13 went down to a 16-11 defeat.

Grant Logan skipped his father Gordon and brother Greg in the fours with Suddon at lead and a dicey start saw them trail 5-1. However a strong 1,2,3,2 recovery to cross 9-5 set them on the road to a 16-11 win over Iain Junor.

John Williamson, national operations manager for Co-operative Funeralcare, presented the Kirkliston team with the additional prize of a unique decanter of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee malt whisky from the sponsors and designed and marketed by bowls legend David McGill of Braid BC.

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WEST Lothian were taken right down to the wire (101-101) before coping with terrific pressure to beat Midlothian 115-102 in their top of the table clash in the Hamilton Trophy match played in front of a good crowd at Kirkliston last weekend.

Wins for the rinks skipped by Grant Logan, Neil Speirs, and Raymond Logan carried the day for WL for whom John Aitken, Steven Fleming, and Thomas Mann suffered setbacks.

Rink Scores, Grant Logan 27 Colin Walker 12; Neil Speirs 21 Craig Hodge 10; Ray Logan 21 David Peacock 12; John Aitken 20 Colin McFarlane 22; Steven Fleming 14 Jim Gibson 17; Thomas Mann 12 Graeme Archer 29.

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West Lothian Bowls Scotland District Finals at Broxburn - Singles- Bo’ness (Ewan Shearer) 21 Armadale (John Kerr) 2. Junior singles – Kirkliston (Calum Logan) 21 Buchan Park (Steven Fleming) 17. Pairs – Glenmavis 18 Bathgate 17. Triples – Newbridge 18 Broxburn 13. Fours – Kirkliston 20 Oakbank 10. Seniors Fours – Pumpherston 20 Bathgate 9.