Kennedy sparkles as East Lothian maintain title tilt

Billy Mellors. Picture by: Ian Georgeson

Billy Mellors. Picture by: Ian Georgeson

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East Lothian are putting up a strong show in the B section of the indoor bowls Premier League and their latest 78-76 win over Lanarkshire was an encouraging result on away territory against highly respected opposition.

It was East Lothian’s fourth win in five games and puts them neck and neck with Ardrossan at the top of the table with eight points although the garden county team do enjoy a massive shot margin advantage of plus 74.

“We were extremely hard pressed to get a winning result against Lanarkshire as the odds were stacked against us at 13 down with just a few ends to play, but we showed great spirit and tenacity to turn the tables on them,” reflected team captain Billy Mellors.

There will be concern in the East Lothian camp that their match victory was down to the great performance of one winning rink with Scott Kennedy covering the setbacks suffered by his fellow skips Alex Marshall, Derek Oliver, and Mellors.

Kennedy skipped Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Jamie Higgins to a fabulous 24-11 victory over John Simpson, featuring a magical middle-match spell that produced 14 shots for the loss of two.

Mellors and his rink of Gary Muir, Dougie Berwick, and Andy Jeffrey were against the collar at 21-14 down with six ends to play but refused to capitulate and helped the EL cause with a battling finish as they lost 23-22 to Hugh Smith.

Marshall and his front three of Kieran Simants, Gary Darling and Steven Morgan were edged out 18-16 by Robert Gordon, while Falkirk skip Mark McGowan delivered a 24-16 defeat to Oliver and his EL rink of Ewan Fallen, Stuart Thomson and Graham Robertson.

Elsewhere in the B section, Paisley won 97-64 at home to Arbroath.

Meanwhile, a mixed East Lothian Under-35 team failed to live with a combined Garioch/Buchan side in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League and made an 8-2 exit on points at East Fife IBC on Sunday.

Stuart Douglas chalked up the solitary win for East Lothian, skipping his rink to a 5 shot success, but Ewan Fallen (-3), Jamie Blair (-4) and Gary Muir (-14) all lost.