Contenders line up for WLBA Champion of Champions

Gary Smith, pictured, takes on Grant Ramsay in round one
Gary Smith, pictured, takes on Grant Ramsay in round one
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Linlithgow champion Gary Smith faces a tough first-round clash against East Calder’s Grant Ramsay as he launches his bid for the WLBA Champion of Champions title.

A 29-strong field lines up at the Bankton Mains club in Livingston tomorrow and 2010 WL Master – and three times finalist – Smith is a strong contender to capture the crown.

Smith, 58, the CEO of World Bowls, includes caps for both England and Scotland in a strong CV but he will have to be on his mettle against the recent Ramsay, 26, a recent runner up in the WLBA Junior Open.

West Calder champion Glen King is the reigning County Singles champion but the draw has landed him a first-round test in the shape of Deans counterpart John Sneddon.

Middleton Hall champion Andy Forrest opens against a dark horse in the shape of Jim Anderson of Stoneyburn.

Newbridge’s James Speirs opens against fellow Hamilton Trophy player Craig Yeaman of Bellsburn so will have to be on his toes.

Polbeth is a small club but champion David Hay impressed when reaching the quarter-finals of this year’s WL Masters – losing to eventual champion Neil Speirs. Hay, 48, opens against Craig Gullane of Broxburn.

The session times tomorrow are 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm while the quarter-finals on Sunday at 11am are followed by the semi-finals at 1.30pm and the final at 4pm.