Bainfield gents sets sights on successful Ayr raid

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BAINFIELD’S bid to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap in Division B of the gents indoor bowls Premier League faces a tough test tomorrow away to Ayr.

The Capital men’s away form isn’t inspiring having lost at Aberdeen and Falkirk. Tomorrow’s opponents sit equal on points with Bainfield, making this clash a crucial one.

Bainfield player manager Gavin Smith has stalwart figures Alan Brown and Steven Pilley unavailable while Queensberry’s outdoor star Tam Ebbs is handed a debut.

Bainfield:

Rink 1: Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, Craig Paterson.

Rink 2: Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, James Hogg.

Rink 3: Graeme McIntosh, Tam Ebbs, Kevin Tennant, Robert Marshall.

Rink 4: Josh Spalding, Steven Rennie, Colin Hutchison (c), Gavin Smith.

EAST LOTHIAN are pressing leaders Falkirk for top spot and the chance to leapfrog them on shot margin presents itself tomorrow as the two teams clash.

EL lost our their home fixture to Falkirk by an agonising three shots early in the campaign but have won their last three games.

East Lothian:

Rink 1: Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood MBE, Billy Mellors.

Rink 2: Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver.

Rink 3: Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair, Gary Darling, Scott Kennedy.

Rink 4: Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Stuart Thomson, Jamie Higgins.

DIVISION A leaders Midlothian’s first defeat in six – away to Blantyre – is followed tomorrow by another tough away mission against West Lothian at Livingston.

For team manager Frank Gray, the welcome return of international star Ronnie Duncan is dampened by the enforced absence of another Scotland player Colin Walker.

Ian Fleming returns to the fold at the expense of Drew Pearson.

Midlothian:

Rink 1: Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell, Danny McDougall, Billy Peacock.

Rink 2: Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill, Craig Hodge, David Peacock.

Rink 3: Jack Macnab, Kevin McDougall, Colin Macfarlane, Ronnie Duncan.

Rink 4: Ian Forbes (C), Ian Fleming, Lindsay Plenderleith, AJ Knight.

WEST LOTHIAN are a team currently in the doldrums with only two wins out of six. Neil Speirs continues as an absentee for the Midlothian match while Paul O’Donnell and Stuart Johnston return at the expense of Connor McKendrick and James Greenock.

West Lothian:

Rink 1: Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Craig Moss, Calum Logan.

Rink 2: Dougie Mitchell, Raymond Logan, Bryan Cooper, James Speirs.

Rink 3: Richard Mark, Paul O’Donnell, Stuart Johnston, Mark Allison.

Rink 4: Nathan McKendrick, Ian Drysdale, Jamie Gracie, Thomas Mann (c).