Father and son make it a season to remember for Kirkliston bowlers

Gordon Logan wins WLBA champion of champions
Gordon Logan wins WLBA champion of champions

Grant Logan’s run of success in WLBA championships in recent years continued with the capture of the Champion of Champions title.

Logan (38) continues to be the youngest ever WLBA Champion of Champions since his triumph as a 17-year old back in 1993 so etching his name on the coveted Burnside Trophy in 2014 was bridging a lengthy 21-year gap.

And it was a welcome success that iced the cake of a season when the authentic ‘Cheesetown Boy’ from Kirkliston captained the Scotland team managed by his father, Gordon, to the home international title and also win the championship crown at Kirkliston for a record eighth time.

Logan was one of many high profile club champions challenging for the prestige end of season title but he was the one that shone brightest with a series of highly polished performances which climaxed with a commanding win over David Thomson of Blackburn in the final.

Logan bounced back in the most positive way from his surprise last-16 exit in the recent West Lothian Masters where the No1 seed crashed out to dark horse Brian Craig, who went on to justify that form by winning the title.

“I had no complaints about losing to Brian but the pain of it did help me to focus on putting up a strong show in the Champion of Champions and I must say from a family perspective I was also keen to match my dad’s title triumph last week in the Weslo Seniors Open”

“So to say that I am thrilled to bits at being crowned the WLBA Champion of Champions for a second time and after such a long time span just about sums up my feelings,’’ said Logan who hit the ground running in Sunday’s final and raced into a 9-0 lead and, although Thomson burst onto the scene with a good three, the underdog continued against the collar as Logan stretched to 15-3 then 18-5.

Thomson produced an aggressive split of two Logan shots to card an excellent single to six then, with his spirits lifted, dominated the build up of the next head to hold three before carding a double to eight.

Logan faced another three against him at end 15 but resumed normal service by topping the jack for a single to 19 with his fourth bowl than triggered the victory salute at the next with a magical count of a double to 21.

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Gordon Logan celebrated being crowned champion of the Weslo Housing sponsored WLBA Seniors Open.

The 64-year old still plays mainstream bowls with Kirkliston but decided to find time in his busy schedule to enter the Weslo for the first time and it’s a decision that has given him one of his best moments in a career that spans almost 50 years.

The Weslo field was 111-strong and Logan notched up six convincing wins to reach the final against 61-year old Ronnie Erskine of Winchburgh who is a legendary figure of the ‘‘mainstream’’ having won three Champion of Champions titles in a crowded CV.

Win number seven was a magnificent effort in an epic 25-end battle that saw Logan capture the title with a 21-19 victory in a dramatic climax with the outcome hanging in the balance until carding a two-shot reward from a brilliant last bowl conversion.

The final was a real humdinger between two high profile bowlers and it was Erskine who showed up marginally best in the early exchanges to lead 9-5 but the battle for supremacy was soon deadlocked at 12-12, 13-13, and 16-16.

Erskine carded a double on end 21 to bring the title into sharper focus at 18-16 but Logan escalated the match temperature with a sizzling count of threeto 19 tip the scales in his favour then held match-winning shots on the next end.

Logan said: “I had built a cracking head to feel good about the outcome but Ronnie’s reputation as a top skip when in his prime was well earned and that touch returned in a strike that earned him a single to 19.

“I thought my chance of winning the title had just been blown to smithereens and reckoned Ronnie’s name must be on the cup a feeling that wasn’t helped when he dominated the next head to hold the two shots he need to clinch victory.

“It had been a game of tremendously high quality and, win or lose, I felt good about myself and that helped me keep my concentration to serve up a peach of last bowl that trailed the jack for a two-shot reward and the title.”