Bowls: Mellors targets Scottish Champs glory

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Billy Mellors has a busy schedule this weekend, with the recently-crowned indoor bowls national singles champion in action at the Scottish Championship Finals at Lanarkshire IBC, where he has the Triples and Fours titles in his sights.

ast Lothian’s Mellors takes centre stage at 9.30am tomorrow as the middleman to Mark Johnston and Derek Oliver in a trio that face Cumbernauld in the semi-finals.

Cumbernauld are skipped by the iconic Jim Byron, while the other contenders for the Triples title are Andrew Barker, Graeme Donaldson, and Mike Stepney of Elgin and the Ardrossan trio of Jack Montgomery, Kevin Donachie, and Calum Williamson.

Mellors returns to the carpet in the 2pm session to skip Andrew Jeffrey, Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver in the Fours, with the opposition coming from Barker, Donaldson, and Stepney of Elgin with the addition of Norman Barker at lead.

West Lothian IBC also contest the Fours and represent a massive danger to all with their strong rink of Bryan Cooper, James Speirs, Thomas Mann and Neil Speirs, who are in the 2pm session and face the added challenge of coping with host club stars Mark McGowan, Steven Hume, Robert Gordon, and Robert Grant in their semi-final.

West Lothian are also represented by Richard Mark and Mark Allison in the 4Bowl Pairs and face a semi-final corker against Prestwick stars Craig Lindsay and four-times world singles champion Paul Foster MBE.

The other semi-final features superstar brothers Ryan and Darren Burnett of Arbroath against Sam Watson and former singles champion Steven Rankin of Auchinleck.

There is a Lothian presence in the Ladies Championships in the shape of Commonweath Games internationalist Lorraine Malloy, who skips Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch for Balbardie in the Triples. Their semi-final opposition (2pm) is the Blantyre trio of Clair Walker, Margaret Letham and Caroline Brown.

Falkirk, skipped by Vicki Leishman, and Stonehaven, skipped by Kim Watt, contest the other semi-final, while the line-up in the Ladies Pairs is: East Fife v Turriff and Paisley v Auchinleck. It’s Teviotdale v Galleon and Auchinleck v Elgin in the Ladies Fours.

All finals will be played on Sunday, with session times scheduled as 9.30am and 2pm.