Cameron Greer of Bathgate (High Green) BC will launch his defence of the £1000 West Lothian Masters bowls title as the No. 1 seed against Mark Bonnar of Glenmavis at Seafield tonight and comes into the event hot off the back of achieving a major success yesterday.
The 26-year-old Greer paraded his skills in the climax to the Jack High Insurance sponsored WLBA Under-30 Singles for The Fred Meikle Trophy at Middleton Hall and captured the title with accomplished wins over David Wilson of Broxburn and Andrew Semple of Oakbank.
Semple is the No. 16 seed in the 2013 WLM and like Greer a fellow cap at junior Scotland level, making their clash in the final of the Meikle an interesting one and they duly served up a 22-end battle that Greer won 21-14. Greer made a sensational 4, 2 start to steal a 6-0 march on his 22–year-old opponent but was closed to 6-5 before reasserting his authority with a run of 2, 2,1 to lead 11-5, then answered the loss of a double with a treble to stand 14-7 up after 11 ends.
Semple showed potential menace with a scoring spell of 2, 1, (2), 1, but Greer answered that danger with a couple of singles to bring the title into sharp focus at 18-12, then from 18-14 showed the killer instinct of a champion to hit 21 with a 2, 1 finish.
“The Meikle Trophy has many great names engraved on it since Raymond Logan achieved an inaugural double in 1975 and 1976 and it includes other national singles champions like John Aitken and Frazer Muirhead, so I hope I can follow in their footsteps,” said Greer.
Greer’s place in the final was hard earned as earlier in the day he had found himself up against it at 10-2 down to 28-year old David Wilson, but fought back to win 21-19 in 25 ends.
In the other semi-final, Semple found life tough against host club star Connor McKendrick, before winning 21-16 in 24 ends.
Meanwhile, the E&L Tait Trophy swings into its prelim round action tonight with one of the ties featuring two first-time club champions in the shape of Stuart McKean (Tanfield) and Andy Reid (Northern) at London Road Foundry.