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WEST Lothian step up their bid for a sixth Scottish title this weekend.

They face a Falkirk side likely to include former WL favourites Ricky Forrest and Gary Smith.

George Sneddon and David Wilson are away to Hong Kong so miss the second round.

Calum Logan moves up to skip Ewan Wilson, Des Hagart and Paul Lynas while McMaster leads to Scott Logan, James Speirs and Thomas Mann and Johnston lines up at third to Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale and Mark Allison.

The rink of Richard Mark, Raymond Logan Bryan Cooper and Neil Speirs completes the line-up.

WEST Lothian dominated the playdown action of the gents’ Scottish indoor fours.

Wins over Teviotdale, Bainfield, Lanarkshire and Tweedbank earned a place in the showcase of the championships at Livingston on April 2 and 3.

WL launched their campaign with a 30-10 win over Teviotdale then produced a strong performance to score a 26-17 victory over Bainfield.

Speirs and Mann have a national pairs title on their CV and the internationalists pressed on to more glory with an impressive 24-13 success over a Lanarkshire rink.

The outcome influenced by an eight-end spell which saw Speirs and Co register counts of 3,4,(2),4,1,1,1,1.

The section final pitched West Lothian against Tweedbank.

WL crossed 16-10 and, pressed all the way, registering an 18-15 victory.

Graeme Byrne’s bid to emulate his 2001 title got off to an encouraging start skipping David Lawrie, Graham Keery and Diz Drysdale to an 18-15 win.

A tougher challenge loomed with Lanarkshire and, despite a flying finish of 3,1,3,(2),4,4,1, it came too late to avoid a 24-23 defeat.

West Lothian meet Blantyre in the semi-finals.

Balbardie ladies’ crashed to a 29-8 defeat from Abbeyview.

West Lothian did better with Wendy Purdie skipping to a nail-biting 19-18 win over Lanarkshire but from peels at 15 with Teviotdale in the first round they slipped to a 21-17 defeat.


SCOTLAND’S ladies compete in the Home International series at Durham this weekend.

West Lothian is represented by Wendy Purdie and Lorraine Malloy. Purdie skips a rink with Malloy.