Bowls: Bainfield to dig deep against Tattie and Co

Alex Marshall is set to line up for East Lothian tomorrow

Alex Marshall is set to line up for East Lothian tomorrow

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BAINFIELD gents aim to get back to winning ways against East Lothian in the indoor bowls Premier League at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium tomorrow.

Wins over Ayr and Abbeyview give Bainfield an undefeated home record in Section B. However, they face a stiff test tomorrow against an East Lothian team featuring Alex Marshall MBE.

‘Tattie’, who made an earlier-than-expected exit from the Scottish International Open at Perth this week, could come up against his brother, Bainfield kingpin, Robert.

Bainfield enter the match on the back of a defeat at Falkirk and player-manager Gavin Smith has tweaked his line-up with positional switches and brought in Stuart Douglas for his debut as Kerr McKail drops to the bench.

Bainfield:

Rink 1: Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, James Hogg.

Rink 2: Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, Craig Paterson.

Rink 3: Graeme McIntosh, Alan Brown, Kevin Tennant, Robert Marshall.

Rink 4: Josh Spalding, Stuart Douglas, Colin Hutchison (c), Gavin Smith.

East Lothian:

Rink 1: Mal Higgenbotham, Gary Darling, Jamie Higgins, Alex Marshall MBE.

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

Rink 3: Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood MBE, Billy Mellors.

Rink 4: Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair, Stuart Thomson, Scott Kennedy (c).

MIDLOTHIAN are flying high in with four wins from four ahead of their Section A clash with Arbroath at the Dalkeith Stadium.

Ronnie Duncan remains in Hong Kong representing Bowls Scotland in The Classic Event while Ian Fleming returns but only as a reserve.

Midlothian:

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

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

Rink 3: Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell, Colin Macfarlane, Colin Walker.

Rink 4: Ian Forbes (c), Drew Pearson, Lindsay Plenderleith, Sandy (AJ) Knight.

WEST LOTHIAN will be without star player Stuart Johnston – who is getting married – for the visit of second-placed Blantyre.

Also missing are Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, Connor McKendrick, Bryan Cooper and Mark Allison.

Teenager Nathan McKendrick is joined by Grant Knox and Barry Sword as seasonal new faces while Jamie Gracie, Blair Mackie and Paul O’Donnell return.

West Lothian:

Rink 1: Blair Mackie, Barry Sword, Cameron Greer, Calum Logan.

Rink 2: James Greenock, Dougie Mitchell, Craig Moss, James Speirs.

Rink 3: Jamie Aitken, Raymond Logan, Paul O’Donnell, Neil Speirs.

Rink 4: Nathan McKendrick, Grant Knox, Jamie Gracie, Thomas Mann (c).