Bowls: East Lothian maintain title chase

Billy Mellors
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EAST LOTHIAN’S match in the B section of the indoor bowls Premier League against foot-of-the-table Paisley at Tranent was expected to be one-way traffic, but the home side were hard-pressed to clinch a narrow five-shot victory.

“We had to find an extra gear in the closing stages, so were living dangerously. However, we clinched a 74-69 win that keeps us well placed just two points adrift of leaders Ardrossan,” said team captain Billy Mellors.

Mellors played his part with a winning performance that supported triumphs on the rinks skipped by Scott Kennedy and Willie Wood, with the only setback suffered by Derek Oliver.

Kennedy skipped Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Jamie Higgins to a 21-14 win over Derek Stobo, while Wood battled on from 15-15 to skip Mark Johnston, Gary Darlong and Steven Morgan to a 21-17 win over John Gilmartin.

Mellors and his rink of Gary Muir, Dougie Berwick and Andrew Jeffrey showed strong nerve to edge a 20-18 battle over Charlie Millar.

Paisley, without a win after four games, kept the home team on the hop with Callum Taggart skipping his rink to a 20-12 win over Ewan fallen, Stuart Thomson, Graham Robertson and Oliver.

Ardrossan beat Lanarkshire 83-75 to remain unbeaten, while Arbroath edged a 69-66 win at home to Falkirk.

Meanwhile, Balbardie IBC gents pulled off a great away win over Headwell in their top-of-the-table clash at Dunfermline in Division 1C of the national leagues and the Bathgate-based club are now clear leaders.

It was Balbardie’s fourth win in a row with previous wins achieved over Berwickshire, Tweedbank and Teviotdale. However, the gap between them and Headwell is only a relative two points.

“The guys are fair chuffed at the way the opening campaign results have gone but know the challenge now is to stay focused and determined,” said team manager Bill Black.

“I am impressed by the attitude being shown throughout the team and I hope the killer instinct remains with them.”