Higgins and Oliver launch bid for another title

Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver with their 2013 Scottish 4 Bowl Pairs trophy.
Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver with their 2013 Scottish 4 Bowl Pairs trophy.
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British Isles titleholders Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver are the partnership representing East Lothian in the playdown action of the Scottish 4-Bowl Pairs Championship this weekend.

The duo captured the national title in 2013 and launch their campaign for a repeat success with a preliminary tie against Dennis Buchanan and Max Taylor of Fintry on the 9.30am session at Cumbernauld tomorrow.

Cumbernauld is also the venue for Midlothian challengers Kevin McDougall and Jamie Hanlon, who are attempting to follow in the footsteps of their Dalkeith stadium colleagues Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker, who won the 2014 title.

The Midlothian partnership face tough preliminary round opposition in Paisley duo John Thomson and Callum Taggart on the 9.30am session.

Balbardie also travel to Cumbernauld, where their champion duo of Peter Lynch and Sandy McDougall have a bye into the first round where they face Ross Kinneil and Graeme Martin of Headwell at 2pm.

Carrick Knowe outdoor stars Kevin Tennant and Colin Mitchell transfer their skills to the indoor scene under the banner of Bainfield and carry the hopes of Edinburgh at Dalkeith where they open against Castlemilk in the preliminary round at 9.30am.

The West Lothian banner is carried by Richard Mark and Mark Allison, who have a bye into the 2pm first round and face a tough challenge from East Fife’s Gary Mackie and James Forbes.

In the ladies national pairs playdown action, the Midlothian challenge comes from internationalists Stacey Laidlaw and Sandra McLeish.

Laidlaw, just returned from a medal-winning trip to Australia, won this pairs title with Carol Ashby in 2012, while McLeish captured it in 1999 with Agnes Melrose.

The open in the 9.30am Cumbernauld session against Emma McIntyre and Annette Christie of Dumbarton in the preliminary round.

East Lothian is represented at Cumbernauld by mother and daughter Rosemary and Gillian Mackintosh, who have a bye into the first round where they face Betty Johnston and Kim Ross of Balbardie on the 2pm session.

Bainfield go to East Lothian IBC where their champion duo of Kathryn O’Donnell and Alison Ross launch their campaign in the preliminary round against Rebecca Craig and Seona Black of Falkirk.

Wendy Purdie captured the national title in 2009 for West Lothian IBC and seeks further glory as skip to Claire Watson, opening in the first round against Karren McAndrew and Cecilia Smith of East Fife.

Play continues at Cumbernauld and East Lothian on Sunday.