West Lothian bowling round-up

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Scotland won five titles in the recent US Open in Laguna Beach with Kirkliston star Neil Speirs playing his part in the triumphant fours and also featuring as runner-up in the singles and pairs.

The trip to America was part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games preparations and although his chances of making the final team line-up is seen to be borderline surely Speirs has done his prospects no harm.

Speirs played second to David Peacock (Midlothian), Paul Foster (Ayrshire) and Alex Marshall (East Lothian) in the rink that romped to a 19-6 win in the fours final but in partnership with Peacock lost 18-12 to Foster and Marshall in the pairs.

Scotland also dominated the men’s singles with Speirs reaching the final but giving 18-8 best to Foster. Scotland also celebrated title success in the women’s singles and the women’s pairs.

Thomas Mann, of Newbridge, was also part of the six-man team that paraded its skills in America however elite squad member Lorraine Malloy of Deans wasn’t included in the women’s team.

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West Lothian IBC is set to compete in the A section of this season’s Premier League and have Aberdeen, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Bainfield, and Blantyre as rivals.

The B section comprises, East Lothian, Falkirk, Ardrossan, Arbroath, Paisley, and 
Lanarkshire.

The first matches in the 
national league system take place on Saturday, October 12.

Balbardie compete in 
Division 1C with Headwell, 
Teviotdale, Berwickshire, and Tweedbank providing the 
opposition.

The women’s national league season launches this weekend with Balbardie continuing to operate at the top end and facing Arbroath at Bathgate in the opening match in the A section of the Premier Division.

Midlothian, Whiteinch, Turriff, and Aberdeen complete the section while the B section comprises, Falkitk, Galleon, Blantyre, Auchinleck, Perth, and West of Scotland.

West Lothian – idle this weekend – line up in Division 1B with Dundee, East Fife, Abbeyview, and Headwell as rivals.

Meanwhile Nevil Cunningham of Whitburn BC has returned from the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa clutching a gold medal won in the age range 30-39 singles and a silver medal in the 30-49 pairs.