Singular honour

Ewan Shearer WLBA masters champion
Ewan Shearer WLBA masters champion

Ewan Shearer of Bo’ness BC is a prominent figure in West Lothian bowling circles and the 42-year old Scotland cap has just added to his reputation.

He has captured the WLBA singles title for a second time, and in spectacular style at the championship finals played at Broxburn.

Shearer went head-to-head with fellow Bo’nessian Stuart Williamson of Kinneil BC and showed his opponentlots of respect but no mercy as he romped to a 21-3 victory in a super-quick 12 ends.

Whilst the scoring was massively one-sided and without doubt a massacre it can be said Williamson played well enough and was luckless but Shearer produced a scintillating display of precision drawing abilities that constantly smothered the jack.

Shearer previously etched his name on the Baillie Trophy in 2012 whilst other singles triumphs in West Lothian includes two junior opens, three district singles and one junior, one masters, and four champion of champions titles.

The defeat of Kirkliston in the fours was the major shock of the night with Queensferry – the first-ever champions in 1905 as it happens – capturing the glory with their rink comprising 
Colin Hamilton, Alan Grant, Raymond Reid and David Guild.

The score after 13 ding-dong ends was 13-13 then Guild and Co broke to 16 with a three but lost a two before coping with a nail-biting climax to card a three and clinch an 18-15 win over hot favourites Nathan McKendrick, Gordon Logan, Calum Logan, and Grant Logan.

Kirkliston faired much better in the pairs with Andi Gray and Neil Speirs wiping out a 5-0 deficit to cross 11-9 then make space to 17 with counts of two and four en route to clinching a 20-12 win over Matt Thomson and Cameron Greer of Bathgate.

The final of the triples was an epic battle with the Armadale trio adding two singles to clinch a 10-8 victory over Newbridge.