West Lothian edged out by just three shots

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West Lothian IBC has failed in the attempt to land a league and cup double with the recently crowned premier league champions making a surprise exit to Aberdeen in the second round of the Scottish Cup played at Dundee.

Aberdeen played second fiddle to West Lothian both home and away when the two teams clashed in the premier league campaign and finished up in the relegation zone but managed to retain top flight status by winning their play-off against Turriff.

A full-strength West Lothian travelled to neutral venue Dundee confident of completing the treble but not complacent as they knew Aberdeen to be competitive opposition.

The final result was a close call with WL edged out by the narrow margin of three shots going down to an 83-80 defeat with two rinks up and two rinks down.

Winning performances by the rinks skipped by Neil Speirs (21-17) and team captain Thomas Mann (23-18) kept WL in the picture but Aberdeen triumphed by inflicting defeat on Calum Logan (22-21) and Mark Allison (26-15).

Meanwhile two West Lothian IBC stars in the shape of Jenifer Richardson and Lisa Barrett made their full cap debut for Scotland in the ladies’ Home International series played at Stanley IBC in County Durham last weekend.

Richardson lined up against Wales in the opening match but her rink skipped by Caroline Brown of Blantyre was one of three losers in a disappointing 130-14 defeat resulting in the young WL star being switched to the reserve bench.

Barrett moved in the 
opposite direction as she came off the bench to replace Kelly McDougall (Midlothian) for the match against Ireland and it proved a winning experience on two counts – her rink skipped by Margaret Letham winning 24-12 and Scotland triumphing 139-70.

Wendy Purdie was a recall and the third of the WL stars 
on parade was part of the Brown defeat against Wales but held her position at third and the rink won 28-11 against Ireland.

Scotland faced England in the final match and despite putting up a bold show they lost by 12 shots (115-103) ending up in third place behind England and Wales but ahead of Ireland.

The gent’s international 
series follows on this week with the West Lothian banner represented by Neil Speirs, Thomas Mann, Calum Logan, and Bryan Cooper while Mark Allison is a reserve.