Disappointment for West Lothian bowls duo

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Local challengers Gary Orr of Balbardie IBC and Mark Allison of West Lothian IBC failed to make a major impression on the playdown action of the Scottish Singles Championship at East Kilbride.

Orr - from Linlithgow - represented the Balbardie banner as club champion of the Bathgate based stadium and having benefited from a bye into the first round proper proceeded to perform with distinction in the shape of edging a 21-20 thriller in 27 ends over Richard Thomson of Forfar.

The outlook had looked grim for Orr as he faced a mountain to climb at 19-13 down however showing great resilience the Balbardie challenger produced a strong fight back of 2,1,1,2 to level at 19-19.

Orr showed strong nerve to cope with the pressure and in a thrilling climax carded a double to 21.

Sadly for Orr and his support he was unable to reach the same level of performance in his second round clash against Paul Hay of Stonehaven and made a disappointing 21-13 exit.

A late switch in the West Lothian camp saw Neil Speirs replaced by Mark Allison but with opportunity knocking for the runner-up in the domestic championship he failed to deliver.

Allison was in touch at 12-11 down to Lee Collins of Garioch in their prelim round clash but dropped three shots then made a 21-16 exit in 21 ends.

There will be a strong Lothian presence in the final stage of the Championship to be played at Fraserburgh in January with Ronnie Duncan of Midlothian and Billy Mellors of East Lothian both winning through.

Premier League action returns to the indoor bowls calendar this weekend and it finds West Lothian IBC launching their defence of the title with a home game against Midlothian at Inveralmond on Saturday.