Bowls: Ewan Fallen takes his place in semi-finals

East Lothian bowler Ewan Fallen will line up in the semi-finals at Paisley in January

East Lothian bowler Ewan Fallen will line up in the semi-finals at Paisley in January

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EAST LOTHIAN’S Ewan Fallen is on track to land the indoor bowls Scottish Junior Singles title after booking his spot in the semi-finals to be played at Paisley IBC on January 23-24.

Fallen launched his campaign at Abbeyview with a battling 21-18 win over Raymond Clark (Fraserburgh) in the prelim round then survived a strong first-round test by edging a 21-19 thriller over Midlothian’s Jamie Macnab, who had beat prelim round opponent Liam Nicholson of Tweedbank 21-12.

In the second round, Fallen clinched a 21-19 win over Andrew Thomson (Aberdeen), then produced another tip-top performance – from 7-0 down – to score a 21-10 victory over elgin’s Lee Mair in their quarter-finals.

“I had to produce a last-bowl toucher to beat Jamie Macnab, who was holding two shots for game with me leading 20-19, so that was huge moment and I hope I can take that kind of form into January,” said 23-year-old Fallen.

Fallen’s opposition in the last four comes in the shape of Turriff star Connor Milne while the other challengers are Stephen Lowrie Jnr of Glasgow and Derek Ferguson of Auchinleck.

Bainfield champion Daniel Gormley, who reached last season’s final, went out in the prelim round after 21-8 defeat from Mair.

In the women’s Junior Singles, East Lothian’s Emma Logan had led 18-12 in her quarter-final but a fine comeback by Carla Banks of Garioch battled saw her clinch a 21-18 victory. Logan had earlier defeated Kimberley Dodds of Falkirk, 21-12, and Kirsty Gargan of Whiteinch, 21-6.

Chloe Thomson of Bainfield put up a bold show in her second-round tie against Catilan Waddilove of Arbroath but lost 21-19 while Lorna Goldsmith of Midlothian made a 21-5 exit in the first round to Heather Garvie of Stonehaven.

West Lothian’s Lisa Barrett opened with a 21-5 win over Joanne Stewart of Turriff but met her match in a 21-13 defeat from reigning national singles champion Lesley Doig of East Fife in the second round.

The semi-final line-up reads: Carla Banks v Carrie McLean of Auchinleck; Doig v Rebecca Houston of Prestwick.