Bowls: John Aitken ousted in West Lothian Masters

John Aitken was all smiles when he won the title in 2008. Picture: Callum Bennetts

John Aitken was all smiles when he won the title in 2008. Picture: Callum Bennetts

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The most eye-catching result of the second day of the Scotmid West Lothian Masters saw No.4 seed and 2008 winner John Aitken, of Kirkliston, crash out at the hands of his old Hamilton Trophy colleague, Alec Allan.

Allan was a seed for 14 years before falling out of the top 16 for this year’s event. However, the Newbridge player made a mockery of the seedings with a hardfought 21-19 victory.

Aitken – a national singles champion in 1988 – is traditionally a hard man to beat so looked the likely winner when adding a single and double to lead 19-15 but Allan won with a 1, 2, 1, 2 finish.

Two more seeds bit the dust in the shape of reigning County Singles champion Sandy McDougall of Glenmavis and this year’s District Singles champion Stuart Sneddon of Armadale.

McDougall (No.7) faced tough opposition in Stephen Fleming of Buchan Park and in a ding-dong battle trailed 12-11. However, his roof collapsed in spectacular fashion, with Fleming storming to 21 with a run of 2, 2, 3, 2. Sneddon (No.10) is a new entry into the seeds and would have hoped to progress deeper into the event, but he was always chasing shadows in a 21-14 defeat from Jimmy Davidson of Kirkliston.

Andrew Dunnett of Queensferry, the No.6 seed and Masters champion in 1999 and 2007, was hard pushed by Blair Stewart of Whitburn and was trailing 17-15 before escaping to victory with a 2, 3, 1 finish.

Andy Forrest of Glenmavis faced the exit door at 17-13 down to Robert Golder of Seafield but the former cap rallied to get to 21 with a 1, 1, 2, 4 fightback while Alan Murphy of Bellsburn came from 15-19 to pip Jimmy Mallon of Broxburn in a 21-20 thriller.

Cameron Greer, the holder and top seed, beat Broxburn’s Darren Pegg 21-15 and is joined in round three by fellow seeds, Grant Logan (2). Ewan Shearer (5), Raymond Logan (8), Bryan Cooper (9), Glen King (13), Blair Mackie (14) and Andrew Semple (16).