Great start to the season for West Lothian IBC

Linlithgow Bowling Club annual presentation of prizes 2013.
Linlithgow Bowling Club annual presentation of prizes 2013.
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West Lothian IBC launched their defence of the indoor bowls Premier League title with a battling victory over Midlothian at Dalkeith.

The absence of top names like Neil Speirs, Thomas Mann, Bryan Cooper, James Speirs and Cameron Greer tipped the pre-match odds in favour of a Midlothian team that can be hard to beat on their home carpet.

Midlothian also had line up problems with internationalists David Peacock and Colin Walker unavailable for selection.

West Lothian found themselves against the collar for the first 15 ends but their deficit was mostly in single figures and even a peak of 12 shots down was attackable.

Pictured - Linlithgow Bowling Club trophy winners.

Full bowling report in the Journal and Gazette - out Friday.