Grant Logan spans 21-year gap to become WL Champ of Champs

Grant Logan won the WLBA Champions of Champions title. He is pictured with son Kyle (7)
Grant Logan won the WLBA Champions of Champions title. He is pictured with son Kyle (7)
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Grant Logan is the WLBA Champions of Champions for the second time.

The 38-year-old first won the title in 1993 at the age of 17 – the youngest winner in the history of the tournament. He lifted the Burnside Trophy at Oakbank after beating David Thomson of Blackburn in the final 21-8 in 16 ends.

Bridging the 21-year gap has iced the cake of a season that saw the Kirkliston club player captain the Scotland team managed by his father, Gordon, to the Home International Title, and win the Championship crown at KBC for a record eighth time.

Logan was bouncing back in the most positive way from his surprise last-16 exit in the recent West Lothian Masters where the No.1 seed, and record four times Master, crashed out to dark horse Brian Craig who went on to justify that form by winning the title.

“I had no complaints about losing to Brian but the pain of it did help me to focus on putting up a strong show in the Champion of Champions and I must say, from a family perspective, I was also keen to match my dad’s title triumph last week in the Weslo Seniors Open.

“So I am thrilled to bits at being crowned the WLBA Champion of Champions for a second time and after such a long time span,” said Logan.

The final was an anti climax for Thomson who had been in exciting form in the previous rounds but failed to reproduce the same level of performance. “You have to be at your best against players of Grant’s calibre as he offers you few chances and I struggled to match his command of the rink.

“I have been out of the mainstream for a number of years and am content that on my return to West Lothian I have won my club championship and won four games here to reach the final,” reflected Thomson.

Logan hit the ground running in yesterday’s final, racing into a 9-0 lead and although Thomson burst onto the scene with a good three Logan stretched the lead to 15-3 then 18-5.

Thomson produced an aggressive split of two Logan shots to card an excellent single to six and then dominated the build up of the next head to hold three before carding a double to eight.

Logan faced another three against him at end 15 but topped the jack for a single to 19 with his fourth bowl and triggered the victory salute at the next with a double to 21.

The quarter-finals launched the Sunday action at a well conditioned and smooth running Oakbank green and it produced a thrilling highlight in the shape of Logan serving up a yard on ‘chap and lie’ for four shots to clinch a 21-18 win over Steven Fleming of Linlithgow.

Thomson captured the scalp of a legend with his commanding 21-9 win over 1986 Commonwealth Games Gold medal winner Grant Knox of Armadale while Alan McCormick (Bathgate) beat Glen King (Bankton Mains) 21-7. Steven Guest (West Calder) beat Morris McCartney (Harthill), 21-16.

Logan made a blitz start to lead Guest 18-4 in the semis and went on to win 21-13 while Thomson demolished McCormick 21-7.