Kirkliston BC to host district finals

Kirkliston BC's Neil Spiers in action
Kirkliston BC's Neil Spiers in action

Kirkliston stage the District Finals of the national championships on Tuesday and Linlithgow are prominent with an interest in the singles, pairs and fours, while the host club has a presence in the junior singles and triples.

Gary Orr conjured up a magic double to pull a 21-20 victory out of the hat against Barclay McConaghy of Pumpherston in the semi-final of the singles and is set to play Thomas Mann of Newbridge who beat Davy Rogers of Harrysmuir, 21-12.

Graeme Byrne skipped Graeme Keery to an 18-12 win over Drew Paterson and Alec Allan of Newbridge in the pairs and will now face Cameron Greer and Bryan Cooper of Bathgate who were last bowl winners 
(12-11) over Broxburn.

Davy Alexander played third to Matt Mulholland, Ian McMahon and Gary Smith in the Linlithgow rink and emerged the 
hero with two conversions to edge an 18-17 thriller over Andy Suddon, Gordon 
Logan, Dave Masteron Jnr and John Aitken of Kirkliston.

The Linlithgow four go for glory against Bathgate’s Matt Thomson, Ian Drysdale, Brian Saunders and Stuart Johnston in the final.

Kirkliston’s Steven Forrest, Raymond Logan and Neil Speirs edged a 14-13 win over Ratho in the triples with Speirs burning the last end and carding a single on the replay. They meet Bathgate who beat Newbridge 14-13.

Emerging star Robbie Cuthell beat Willie Borland of East Calder in the junior singles and faces Connor McKendrick of Middleton Hall who beat Greg Baldry of Newbridge 21-18.

Kirkliston bid to bring national glory to West Lothian this weekend with the local champions in the frame for a record extending fifth title in the Co-operative Funeralcare Inter-County Top Championship at Colinton (Sunday).

The Cheesetown Boys face a tough semi-final in the shape of East Lothian champions West Barns with the winners then going on to contest the afternoon final against Hyndland of Glasgow or Bonnyrigg of Midlothian.

West Lothian bid to keep their bandwagon rolling in the East section campaign of the Cities & Counties Championship with a visit to Melrose tomorrow.

West Lothian’s exciting form in the the Hamilton Trophy continued with the 2009 champions storming to a 55 shot win (143-88) away to West Fife at Lumphanans.

Their fourth win in a row saw WL continue their 
undefeated run with another impressive team performance having won on five rinks and only losing by a single shot on the other.

Wins over Stirling East (A), Edinburgh & Leith (H), East Lothian (H), and West Fife (A), are now followed by games against Borders (A), Midlothian (H), and Fife (H).

The winning rinks for WL were skipped by Grant Logan, Thomas Mann, Raymond Logan, Gary Smith and Steven Fleming, Sandy McDougall losing.

Deans and Harthill clashed in the quarter-finals of the WLBA singles championship at Linlithgow last night (Thursday) having shown good battling qualities to win 21-18 against their 
respective oppositions, East and Mid Calder.

Results of other games were: Armadale v Pumpherston; Oakbank v Linlithgow; Buchan Park v Bellsburn.

Pairs : Oakbank v Bathgate; Pumpherston v Newbridge; Glenmavis v Bellsburn; Winchburgh v Harthill.

Triples: Uphall Station v Queensferry; Bo’ness v Bathgate; Broxburn v Kinneil; Oakbank v East Calder. Fours: Bankton Mains v Armadale; Glenmavis v Broxburn; East Calder v Winchburgh; Middleton Hall v Bellsburn.