Bowls: Bainfield hit by loss of star player

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Bainfield ladies are on the road for today’s Division 1C clash with East Lothian at The Alex Marshall Arena near Tranent and with their away form of suspect standard, the female elite of the Edinburgh bowling circles are the underdogs.

The absence of ace player Anna Anderson is a further blow to the Bainfield prospects of a win. However, there is exciting compensation with the return to action of former international star Anne Watson, who steps in as the replacement skip.

Watson skips Jeanette Crawford, Theresa Blair and Cathie Falconer, with Isabel Anderson switched to skip Aimie Robertson, Margaret Keenan and Susan Allan.

Mandy O’Donnell skips Heather Stoddart, Chloe Thomson and Rita Reid, while Karen Tumblety, Davina Crawford, Betty Eatson and Marion Dickson for the remaining rink.

“We do face a daunting task against the league favourites who are immensely strong at home, but our team spirit is sound and we will be giving it our best shot,” said a spokeswoman from the Bainfield camp.

East Lothian welcome the return of international star Emma Logan, while Margaret Divine comes in at lead in place of Ann Barclay.

West Lothian’s prospects of keeping pace with the other three joint-leaders are severely compromised by only fielding three rinks for their visit to Tweedbank at Galashiels, where they will start with a penalty deduction of eight shots.

Ace skips Jennifer Sneddon and Jean Brown are among the absentees, while the three at the helm hoping to produce a miracle result are Lisa Barrett, Lily Sword and Ann Clark.

The news from Balbardie – the other quadruple leader – is even more disappointing, as the 
Bathgate club have conceded entirely to foot of the table. Tweedbank are unable to field a team at the Hawick venue due to illness and other factors in the camp.

Meanwhile Balbardie gents share top spot with Alloa in Division 1 North and the two leaders clash at Bathgate, where Stuart Ford comes in for Graeme Keery at lead. The four home skips are Gary Orr, Ewan Shearer and the McDougall brothers, Sandy and Walter.