Speirs shaken in shock semi-final result

4 Nations Test Kelvingrove Finals
4 Nations Test Kelvingrove Finals

Bowling round-up

Neil Speirs failed to shine and made a disappointing exit in the semi-final stage of the Scottish Indoor Bowls 
Championships.

The event was played at the West of Scotland stadium over 
the weekend.

Speirs carried the hopes of the West Lothian IBC and was expected to clear the first hurdle in the shape of junior cap Jason Banks of Garioch (Inverurie) but the experienced 2009 runner-up was unable to deliver and suffered a 
21-15 defeat.

Banks was quick to show the touches that flag him up as an emerging talent and his more accurate and consistent build-up play saw him dominate the scoring to give Speirs a 12-0 roasting after seven ends.

Speirs found that aggressive retaliation wasn’t being well rewarded on a ‘‘difficult’’ rink and the alarm bells continued to sound for him at 14-5 down after 12 ends.

The West Lothian champion does have the ability to turn tides though and it seemed his magic touch had returned when he conjured up a magic run of 1,4,4,1 that propelled him into a 15-14 lead.

Those watching the scorecard unfold on the internet must have had the feeling Banks would fold under such a severe assault and that the killer instinct that is part of Speirs’ assets would spur him on to reach 21.

But the script developed a major twist that saw Banks demonstrate the stronger resolve to keep Speirs stranded on 15 as the underdog snapped back to hit 21 with a finishing run of 3,1,2,1.

Bank’s didn’t go on to capture the national crown but he did put up a bold show in the final to have title favourite Iain McLean of Blantyre deadlocked at 14-14 before the two-times champion made it an impressive three with a 
3,2,2 finish.

McLean – the current holder of the national outdoor singles title – was always the player they had to beat in the last four and he signalled the form he was in with a 21-8 demolition of his international colleague Ronnie Duncan (Midlothian) in their semi-final.

Premier League action returns to the calendar this weekend and the final match in the A section brings the chance for leaders West Lothian IBC to clinch top spot and kill off any danger from chief 
rivals Blantyre.

WLIBC defend an unbeaten home record when they entertain third placed Bainfield at the Inveralmond stadium on Saturday (2pm) and with a two-point lead and 60-shot advantage over Blantyre the ball is in their court.

Blantyre make the long distance journey to Aberdeen where they need to win and by a lot of shots if they are to take advantage of any monumental slip up by West Lothian.