East Lothian stay in the driving seat

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EAST LOTHIAN stayed in the driving seat in the B section of the indoor bowls Premier League after a nerve-jangling 78-78 draw away to Ardrossan.

While the points were shared in the top of the table clash, East Lothian’s short margin – +122 – gives them a two-shot advantage over Ardrossan with two games to play.

“We were hit by a late call-off from Scott Kennedy and with team captain Billy Mellors already an absentee we were two regular skips down plus Andrew Jeffrey wasn’t available,” said an East Lothian spokesman.

Gary Darling was drafted in by the EL selectors to play second to Derek Oliver and that caused a re-shuffle that saw Ewan Fallen switched to lead and former cap Mark Johnston and the legendary Willie Wood MBE moved to third and skip respectively.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Alex Marshall and Derek Oliver kept them in the picture, though, and balanced setbacks suffered by stand-in skips Jamie Higgins and Willie Wood.

Elsewhere in the B section, Lanarkshire and Falkirk had away wins over Arbroath (81-71), and Paisley (87-72) respectively. Only a single point separates four challengers for the sectional crown – East Lothian, Ardrossan, Lanarkshire and Falkirk.