Calum Logan completed a successful defence of the Under 25 Junior Singles title at West Lothian IBC after powering to a 21-13 win over Ryan Duffy in the final at the Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston.
The final lasted 25 ends and the early stages found Duffy unfazed by the reputation of 24-year-old full internationalist Logan, who captured the national title in 2011 and was runner up in 2013.
Duffy led 8-4 after six ends then found the mental strength at 8-8, after the loss of four singles on the trot, to regain the initiative by reeling off a hat trick of singles to 11. The next end, though, was to prove a game-changer.
The build-up to end 16 was promising for the underdog as he piled on the pressure with a solid hold of three shots that if they made the card would push him six shots clear of the holder.
Logan – who has a Scottish Champion of Champions title won in front of the TV cameras on his impressive CV – can deal with pressure but on this occasion his final effort at saving the day was more wayward than he would have liked.
“I was going wide of the head and was resigned to dropping what would have been a costly count of three but I got a lucky break and killed the lot with a flick off a bowl that fluked me into the head for a single,” said Logan afterwards.
Duffy took that setback on the chin and bounced back with a single to lead 12-9 but the drama had acted as a wake-up-call to Logan and he duly found a rich vein of form.
End 18 produced a single to the pre-match favourite and it launched him on a purple-patch spell that powered him to 20 with additional counts of 1, 2, 3, 2, 2, then, having dropped a single, he clinched victory on a keenly-contested 25th end.
“It is always an honour and a thrill to win your domestic title but the major bonus is it gives me a passage into the national championship,” added Logan.
Meanwhile, the battle for the ladies’ singles title at WLIBC featured defending champion Jenifer Richardson and four-times winner Wendy Purdie, who captured the national crown in 2008.
The pair found themselves engaged in a ding-dong battle, with peels being called at 4-4, 9-9, 11-11, and, after 17 ends, 13-13. Richardson broke the latest deadlock with a 2 to 15 then answered the loss of a single with another double to lead 17-14 before securing a 21-15 victory.
“I am very happy to have retained the title and it had to be hard earned against a player of Wendy’s experience and ability,” said Richardson.