Tommy’s the Mann for the job say bowls selectors

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Ace bowler Thomas Mann from West Lothian is currently experiencing the highs and lows of the sport at national level having been announced as a member of a select six male Scottish international figures to visit Adelaide for a test series in May.

Ace bowler Thomas Mann from West Lothian is currently experiencing the highs and lows of the sport at national level having been announced as a member of a select six male Scottish international figures to visit Adelaide for a test series in May.

And that is terrific news for the 31-year old manager of a sports fitness centre in the Capital as it comes a short space of time after learning he was a shock omission from the Scotland indoor international team.

Mann’s stock was on the up and up under both codes of the sport and having earned 12 indoor caps over the past four seasons it was thought in local circles that the captain of West Lothian IBC was a shoe-in to make it five series in a row.

“Thomas is a fit young man with proven talent at club, county, national, and international levels so even if last season’s form in the indoor internationals was judged to a bit iffy he is surely a good bet to improve on that,” said a spokesman from the West Lothian IBC camp.

Mann made no comment on the subject but let his skills do the talking at the weekend by turning in the best result of the recent playoff final of the Premier League, captaining WL to the title against Falkirk.

He came into that showpiece final of the indoor scene no doubt lifted by the news a few days previously that David Gourlay, the head coach of Bowls Scotland, considered him to be a major impact player on the outdoor scene.

Scotland travel to the Australian venue to take part in a six nation test event, primarily as part of the acclimatisation build up to the World Championships being hosted by the Aussies later in the year.

Mann – a member of the select 2014 Glasgow Achieve Programme- will be joined on the trip by proven high-flyers Alex Marshall MBE, Paul Foster, David Peacock, Darren Burnett and Graeme Archer.

Marshall (Gifford), Peacock (Danderhall) and Archer (Loanhead M W) bring the Lothian contingent up to four strong out of six and that is a great compliment to the strength and calibre of the sporting giants that parade the greens of the area.

The test series also embraces the women’s branch of the sport and the major local presence in their six strong team is that of Lorna Smith of Linlithgow who is an import from South Africa and a former world champion.

Smith is joined by Caroline Brown, Michelle Cooper, Claire Johnstone, Margaret Letham, and Lynn Stein.

There is a downside for West Lothian BA in the otherwise good news for Mann as he will miss some games in the Hamilton Trophy campaign.