Bowls: Raymond Frame lands Champions title

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Raymond Frame is no stranger to success in East Lothian bowling, but the Castle Park BC star reached new heights when he gave the club its first success in the Champion of Champions event at Gifford.

Frame stamped his authority on a 20-strong field with a hat-trick of excellent wins over strong opposition before etching his name on the silverware with a 21-11 win over Prestongrange champion Ross Marwick in the final.

Marwick had caused a major upset against the fancied East Linton challenger Grant Thomson in the semi-finals, but Frame proved too strong in the final. Frame came into the event with five club championship titles to his name – one of them at Prestongrange – and eliminated high-profile names Kieran Simants of Dunbar and Derek Oliver of Cockenzie & Port Seton in the earlier rounds.

Kenny McShane of East Lothian Labour provided the opposition in the semi-final and the former Evening News Champion of Champions from the days of the Edinburgh Trades Tournament circuit looked the winner until Frame blew him away with a whirlwind finish to win a 21-19 thriller.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to win one of East Lothian’s major titles. I feel the value of it has been enhanced by the high quality of opposition I had to overcome,” said Frame.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Bellsburn (Linlithgow) youth champion Gordon Snedden confirmed his promise as an emerging talent by turning in a series of great performances to capture the coveted Champion of Champions event of the West Lothian Young Bowlers Association at Harrysmuir BC in Livingston. The schoolboy took the title with a 21-14 win over Deans champion Cameron Nicol in the final.

The climax to the final saw Snedden thrill the watching banking with an absolute peach of a trail on the jack that earned him a cracking four-shot reward and, from 17-14, the title.

Nicol had booked his place in the final with a 21-18 win over defending champion Nathan McKendrick of Middleton Hall.

Sneddon enhanced the value of his title triumph by including the scalp of Under-17 cap Jordan Pearce of Kirkliston in the semi-finals.

Pearce had already become the youngest-ever fully-fledged champion of Kirkliston.