ROUND FOUR of the Scotmid-sponsored West Lothian Masters claimed two more seeds with No.3 Andy Dunnett of Queensferry and Alec Allan (No.8) from Newbridge both crashing out.
Dunnett, bidding for a third Masters title, made an encouraging start against Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station at Glenmavis to lead 5-1 then again looked comfortable when carding a 3 at end ten to keep Muirhead in his grip at 14-8. Muirhead produced a run of 1, 1, 2, 3 to hit the front at 15-14 but, three ends later, was back against the collar with Dunnett in sight of the winning line at 18-16 up. Muirhead, though, battled to a 21-19 victory with counts of 1, (1), 3, 1.
Newbridge’s Allan, meanwhile, was edged out in a 21-19 thriller at Queensferry by Gordon Logan.
Five of the original 16 seeds have survived into the section finals and they include record four-times Master Grant Logan (No.2) – son of fellow competitor Gordon – and his Kirkliston colleague John Aitken (No.5), who has three Green Jackets in his wardrobe. They are joined in the last 16 by fellow seeds Cameron Greer (No.7), the 2012 Master from Bathgate, Walter McDougall (No.9), the 2013 champions from Glenmavis, and 2012 finalist Glen King (No.12) of Bankton Mains.
Oakbank is the venue for Sunday’s final day’s play, with the quarter-finals at 11am, the semi-finals at 1.30pm, and the final at 4.00pm.