Kirkliston win the Rosebery Cup for 25th time

The Kirkliston team celebrate their victory
The Kirkliston team celebrate their victory
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Kirkliston captured West Lothian Bowling Association’s historic Rosebery Cup for a 25th time after a hard-fought 77-71 victory over Linlithgow at Harrysmuir BC in Livingston.

Wins for the KBC rinks skipped by Raymond Logan and Neil Speirs were crucial in a victory that went right down to the wire as Linlithgow inflicted serious wounds on Calum Logan and Grant Logan.

Linlithgow had set a strong early pace that looked likely to deliver them an eighth title and, after 17 ends, were 61-57 ahead.

But their one-time 12-shot lead was under constant pressure and was gradually cut as Calum Logan produced some superb last-bowl deliveries. Meanwhile, Logan’s father Ray was storming over the line with a whirlwind run of 2, 5, 2, 2, 2.

The phase scoring saw Linlithgow ejoying a 28-21 and 28-23 capture of the first two phases. However, it was Kirkliston’s spectacular 33-15 command of the third that won the day.

Ray Logan skipped Davy Brown, Darren Pearce and Derrick Meikle from 3-7 to a 25-14 win over Andrew Cruickshanks, Scott Murphy, Scott Mushet and Gary Orr.

Speirs pushed on from 5-4 to skip Nathan McKendrick, Scott Logan and Mark Allison to a 21-11 win over Derek Cochrane, Tam Hamilton, David Alexander and Gary Smith.

Grant Logan and his rink of Andy Suddon, Gordon Logan and Steven Forrest carded a six at the second but went on to suffer a 23-17 defeat at the hands of Willie McLeod, Derek Logie, Ewan Shearer and Graeme Byrne.

Calum Logan and his front three of Andi Gray, Jordan Pearce and John Aitken were 20-4 down and rode many more punches to restrict their defeat to 23-14 at the hands of Andrew Grimshaw, Martin Stein, Mark Graham and Steven Fleming,