East Lothian faced their first away test in the B section of the indoor bowls Premier League and the favourites came through it with flying colours as they delivered a commanding 94-74 win over Arbroath.
“We have built on our opening match home win over Falkirk with a solid away display against formidable opposition and that encourages me in the view that this team can live up to high expectations,” said team captain Billy Mellors.
East Lothian had the measure of their opposition on three of the four rinks with Alex Marshall, Willie Wood and Mellors producing the goods with wins that kept the visitors in the driving seat.
The EL rink skipped by Scott Kennedy suffering defeat at the hands of Ryan Burnett.
Marshall was in mercurial form and included a magical count of 6 as he skipped Mark Johnston, Gary Darling and Steven Morgan to a spectacular 30-11 win over Scott Pirie.
Wood also turned on the style that typifies his legendary reputation and it paid a winning dividend as he skipped Kieran Simants, Tom Young and Jamie Higgins to a supporting 29-21 win over David McGill.
Mellors and his rink of Gary Muir, Dougie Berwick and Andrew Jeffrey had their mettle tested at 8-0 down but proved equal to the challenge with a run of 12 shots without reply to hit the front against Andy Furye. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing after that and Mellors and Co were kept hard pushed to a score a 19-15 win.
Kennedy and his front-three of Ewan Fallen, Stewart Thomson and Graham Robertson were put though the mill in the latter stages of their game and crumbled to a 27-16 defeat from Burnett.
Meanwhile, Balbardie have made a flying start to their indoor bowls league campaign in Division 1C having chalked up their second victory with an impressive –albeit battling – 16-shot triumph over Tweedbank at the Park of Peace stadium in Bathgate.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Graeme Byrne, Sandy McDougall and Jimmy Mallon kept the match scales tipped in Balbardie’s favour while a fourth success was only denied when Ewan Shearer conceded three shots on his final end.
Balbardie were 32-15 ahead after seven ends, 47-39 after 11 and the complexion of the final result (86-70) was enhanced by a super count of six on McDougall’s 21st end.
Byrne cashed in on a blitz start of 2, 3, 3, 2 (10-0) to skip Graeme Keery, Davie Ross and Diz Drysdale to a 26-16 win over Kenny Johnstone.
McDougall skipped Peter Lynch, Andy Forrest and Mark Bonar to a 23-19 win while Ian Drysdale Craig Kirkwood Jim Speirs and Mallon won 17-14. Shearer and his rink of Lawson Trotter Alistair Wilson and Gary were piped 21-20.