Bowls: Lothian aces eye Scottish indoor titles

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The finals of the Scottish Indoor Bowls Championships take place at Fraserburgh this weekend with the Lothians well represented.

This includes a double title bid by Bainfield in the gents Junior Singles and 2Bowl Pairs.

Daniel Gormley represents Bainfield in the Junior Singles as he tries to emulate the title triumph of Colin Davidson in 1990 and Alex Marshall in 1991.

Gormley is the only one in the last-four line-up with exposure on a regular basis to playing his bowls at premier league level.

The first challenge facing Gormley is Stuart Wyllie of Ayr in the semi-finals. The winner of that will face Michael Doyle of Dundee or John Fleming Jnr of Inverclyde.

Bainfield have captured the 2Bowl Pairs crown on three occasions – via Fraser Muirhead & Robert Marshall (1993), Alec Ross and Robert Marshall (1997), Chris Downie and Colin Hutchison (2012) – and Graham Pringle and James Hogg mount the latest challenge.

The Bainfield duo open against Gary Wilson and Jim Byron of Cumbernauld with the winners facing Jason and Colin Banks of Garioch or Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster of Prestwick.

Four top-notch internationalists compete for the gents Singles title: Billy Mellors (East Lothian), Ronnie Duncan (Midlothian), Prestwick’s Foster and Mike Stepney of Elgin.

Mellors already has the national outdoor title to his credit and his semi-final with Duncan promises to be a cracker.

Foster versus Stepney is a clash of the 1999 champion against the 2010 champion.

Travellers to the venue from the Lothians will hope that one of their rewards will be to witness a clash in the ladies Junior Singles between Emma Brown of East Lothian and Stacey Laidlaw of Midlothian.

Both players are full caps and they line up in opposite semi-finals with Brown opening against Michelle Keenan of Dumbarton and Laidlaw facing Claire Walker of Blantyre.

Laidlaw is also engaged in the 2Bowl Pairs where she plays lead to another Midlothian star of the international arena in the shape of Sandra McLeish.

Midlothian open against Lesley Doig and Julie Sword of East Fife with the winners facing Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton of Arbroath or Rebecca and Lynn Houston of Prestwick.

Julie Forrest of Teviotdale is bidding to win the Singles title proper for a seventh time.