West Lothian turn tables on Bainfield in thrilling fashion

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West Lothian IBC enter the second half of their Premier League campaign as clear leaders of the highly competitive A section.

The two-in-a-row defending champions showed tremendous character in their latest win over Bainfield.

Bainfield were the hosts last weekend and desperate to avoid what would be a damaging third defeat in a row so the Edinburgh support were both amazed and jubilant as their team made a brilliant start to lead West Lothian by 22 shots after nine ends.

The fightback from West Lothian was a magnificent 58 shots – outscoring the home team 72-14 from end 10 to 21 making it a truly spectacular performance from the visitors.

The phase scoring paints the picture of unfolding drama with WL coming under intense pressure with the 33-15 loss of the first seven ends then finding a higher gear to accelerate out of trouble with 34-12 and 43-11 dominations of the second and third.

Wins on all four rinks made it a particularly memorable performance from the defending champions.

Speirs charged from 4-4 after six ends to 17-4 after 15 and but for the dropping of a five on end 19 would have done even better than skipping Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell and Des Hagart to a 25-11 win.

Logan trailed 10-2 after seven ends then restricted opposition team captain Paul O’Donnell to a single over the remaining 14 ends as he whipped up a whirlwind to skip James Greenock, Blair Mackie and George Sneddon to a storming 23-11 win.

Mann was in dire trouble at 15-2 down to Colin Hutchison after nine ends but the WL team captain escaped from jail in exciting fashion as he skipped Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale and James Speirs to a thrilling 24-16 triumph.

Allison was yet another WL skip under severe pressure at 15-6 down after 10-ends but sparked a revival with a run of 2,4,1,1 to 14 then skipped Paul Lynas, Richard Mark and Raymond Logan to a battling 20-18 win over Gavin Smith.

WL top the table by two points from Blantyre on six with Inverclyde, Bainfield, Midlothian, and Aberdeen all sharing a crowded bottom rung with four points each.

Midlothian are the visitors to the Inveralmond stadium at Livingston this weekend as the premier league enters its sixth round of fixtures.

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Balbardie IBC bid to extend their undefeated run of matches in Division 1C to five when the table-toppers from Bathgate travel away to Berwickshire this weekend.

Last weekend was an idle one for Balbardie and their return to action heralds the re-appearance of Bridgeness star Ally Wilson who comes in at second to Ian Drysdale, Jimmy Mallon, and Walter McDougall.

The J&G area is also represented in the line up by Linlithgow’s Graeme Byrne, Gary Orr and Graeme Keery plus Ewan Shearer of Bo’ness.

Meanwhile, emerging talent Jordan Pearce of West Lothian IBC performed in front of the TV cameras at Perth in the final of the Young Bowlers Scottish Masters event last weekend and went down fighting to Lee McCormack of Stirling.

Pearce – the youngest ever champion of Kirkliston BC when winning their outdoor title during the summer – lost both sets but had his impressive moments and will benefit greatly from the experience of performing in front of the cameras and a large crowd.