Over 500 bowlers parading their skills

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Bridgeness came close to etching their name on the WLBA’s Livingstone Trophy this week with all four rinks returning winning results but were forced into the runners up spot by Bathgate who tipped the scales in their favour with a superior shot margin.

The four rink event – two home and two away – embraced over 500 bowlers parading their skills on Tuesday night and the results that caused rising excitement in the Bridgeness camp were: Bridgeness 18, Seafield 17; Bridgeness 23, Bankton Mains 12; Deans 7, Bridgeness 22; Harrysmuir 11, Bridgeness 15.

But the dampener came with the news filtering in of the Bathgate results: Bathgate 28, Whitburn 14; Bathgate 24, Linlithgow 8; Middleton Hall 10, Bathgate 25; Queensferry 9, Bathgate 22.

West Lothian clinched the top qualifying honours in the east section of the Cities & Counties Championship with a spectacular 55-shot victory over Fife County in their week seven clash at Queensferry BC.

It was West Lothian’s sixth win in the seven match campaign and the team produced a clinical performance that saw them outscore the opposition on five rinks.

The only setback suffered by the section leaders was sustained by Gary Smith who had led for most of the way but was pipped at the post.

A feature of West Lothian’s dominance over the opposition is that they outscored Fife on 18 of the 21 ends with the best the visitors could offer being a 9-5, 5-2, and 8-2 on ends seven, 15 and 20. West Lothian’s opposition in their quarter-final at Polmont on Saturday, July 5, comes in the shape of Perthshire who finished second – on shot margin – to Aberdeen & Kincardine in the North section.

Pumpherston celebrated a double title success in the finals of The West Lothian BA championships staged in front of a healthy crowd at Queensferry BC. Colin Cruickshanks in the singles and the veteran partnership of George Rarity and Barclay McConaghy in the pairs sent the Pumpherston support home in a happy mood.

George Sneddon was winning the triples for a fourth time when skipping John Cruickshanks and David Wilson Snr to the title.

The final of the singles was a cracking encounter that lasted 26 ends.

The pendulum swung in the direction of Cruickshanks when he served up a sizzling run of 1,2, 2,1 that accelerated him to 20 then he answered the loss of a three with a single to clinch a 21-19 victory.

Meanwhile the newly crowned singles champion had an interest in the outcome of the triples where his older brother, John, was involved for Broxburn in a ding-dong battle for supremacy over Bathgate.

Broxburn answered the loss of a double with a 4,2 reply then Sneddon and Co conceded a single but finished with a double to score an 18-13 win.

Pumpherston brought their greater experience of big occasions to maximum advantage in the pairs as Rarity and McConachy powered to a 24-2 win over the luckless Harthill partnership of Alex Morton and Morris McCartney.

The major drama in the fours came with Stanton and Co carding a five that crossed Bankton Mains into an 18-16 lead that inspired them to a 20-16 win.