Edinburgh champions Carrick Knowe have home advantage against Vale of Leven in tomorrow’s first round of The Scottish Inter County Top Ten Championship sponsored by Dechmont Forklift Trucks.
Carrick Knowe are favourites to capture the coveted national crown however spearhead figure Richard Tough in the Singles is an enforced absentee for the visit of the Dunbartonshire champions. Internationalist James Hogg takes on Tough’s role and his place at skip in the Triples is taken over by Paul O’Donnell who, along with Graham Pringles, moved up a position while Craig Aitken comes in at lead.
Colin Mitchell skips Kevin Tennant in the Pairs while Stephen Pringle, John Priestley, John Ramsay and Darren Hush form the rink.
East Lothian champions East Linton begin their campaign at home to their West Lothian counterparts, Linlithgow. Graham Bell is the East Linton Singles player and he is supported in the Pairs by Colin Murdoch and George Cowan Snr while Grant Fender skips father Keith and Calum Blair in the Triples.
Stevie Kerr has a front-three of George Cowan Jnr, Terry Sawangsuk and Mike Newlands.
The demise of Bo’ness BC – a founder club in 1882 of The Linlithgowshire BA – leads to Ewan Shearer making his Top Ten debut for Linlithgow with the international star coming in to play second to Mark Graham and Steven Fleming in the Triples. Gary Orr leads the visitor’s attack in the Singles supported by Andy Cruicshanks and Scott Mushet in the Pairs while Andy Grimshaw Jnr, Tommy Hamilton, Derek Logie and Gary Smith form the Fours.
Edinburgh & Leith entertain Stirling County East in today’s Hamilton Trophy match at Colinton. Darren Mckenny of Pilrig covers for the absence of Robert Marshall at third to Darren Hush. Team manager Graham Pringles has switched John Ramsay from playing third to Hush to lead for James Hogg with talented teenager Lewis Betts on the reserve bench.
West Lothian bring in Darren Pearce of Kirkliston and Scott Mushet of Linlithgow at the expense of host club players Alec Allan and Andy Semple for the visit of West Fife to Newbridge.
East Lothian are without Alex Marshall and Alister Kennedy against Borders at Gala Waverley while Midlothian tackle Fife at Strathmiglow.