Kirkliston bowlers face tough challenge

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Kirkliston launch their campaign for the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Inter County Top Ten title this Sunday and face a tough assignment in the prelim round against highly rated Lanarkshire champions Eddlewood.

The West Lothian champions are well prepared for the battle and enter the fray with a line up that stays faithful to the team that won last season’s county title but only after Neil Speirs was given special dispensation by Bowls Scotland to absent himself from Commonwealth Games preparations.

Raymond Logan is the spearhead in the singles and Speirs skips Steven Forrest in the pairs while Colin Smith, Calum Logan and John Aitken form the triple.

Grant Logan skips Robbie Cuthell, Gordon Logan and Mark Allison in the fours.

West Lothian travel to Larbert tomorrow to tackle Stirlingshire East in the opening match of the Cities and Counties Championship for the Hamilton Trophy.

Team manager Jimmy Mallon has introduced several fresh faces influenced by the unavailability of Neil Speirs, George Sneddon, Calum Logan and John Aitken.

Rink 1 - Steven Forrest, Ian Drysdale, Blair Mackie, Raymond Logan. Rink 2 - Paul Lynas, Scott McMaster, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann. Rink 3 - Frazer Muirhead, David Lamb, Mark Allison and Grant Logan. Rink 4 - Diz Drysdale, Alex Allan, Stuart Johnston and Steven Fleming. Rink 5 - Drew Paterson, Andrew Semple, Walter McDougall and Gary Smith. Rink 6 - Ewan Shearer, Peter Lynch, Gary Orr and Sandy McDougall.

Sunday at East Calder heralds the start of West Lothian’s campaign in the Scottish Under 25’s League and the opening opposition comes in the shape of Dumbartonshire.

The Under 25’s took part in a warm up event at Hawick recently and came through it with flying colours having won all three games against, Midlothian, Fife and Borders.

WL defeated Midlothian 72-62 with wins on four of the six rinks. They triumphed 79-56 over Fife with five of the six rinks winning and accounted 75-66 for Borders with four winning rinks and a peel.