Lothian bowlers bid for Scotland calls

Willie Wood will skip a rink

Willie Wood will skip a rink

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A STRONG contingent of top-flight bowlers from Edinburgh and The Lothian’s seek to catch the eye of the Scotland indoor selectors when they parade their skills in the gents international trial match being staged at Stirling tomorrow.

Bainfield star Colin Hutchison skips a rink with James Speirs of West Lothian and Graham Robertson of East Lothian at second and third, against a rink skipped by Scott Kennedy of East Lothian with Calum Logan of West Lothian at third.

Jamie Higgins also features at skip and takes on his illustrious East Lothian colleague Willie Wood who has Cameron Greer of West Lothian playing as his second.

Mark Allison skips a rink that has fellow West Lothian colleague Bryan Cooper at lead in a head-to-head with Jonathan Ross of Paisley while two other WL stars, Thomas Mann (skip) and Craig Moss (second) line up against Robert Grant of Lanarkshire.

• Bainfield ladies bid for four home wins out of four when they tackle Border visitors Teviotdale at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium in today’s national league match in Division 1C.

Young international star Many O’Donnell returns to the Bainfield line up as does her mother Heather Stoddart, with Lily Murra. Isabel Anderson, Annette Wilson and Betty Eaton miss the action.

East Lothian top the section with five wins out of seven following a 91-76 away win over Teviotdale so their prospects of a home win today look good against bottom club Tweedbank.

Ace skips Emma Logan, Lauren Baillie, Yvonne Veitch and Janet Fairnie remain in place as strong drivers of the East Lothian challenge.

Balbardie and West Lothian sit two points adrift of the leaders adding extra spice to today’s derby clash between the neighbour clubs at Bathgate.

Midlothian ladies compete in the B Division of the Premier League where their challenge is four points off the pace, but opportunity knocks for them to move up to second spot behind Auchinleck if they beat Coatbridge at home.

International stars Jeanette Conlan and Sandra McLeish miss today’s action, and with Stacey McDougall representing Scotland in the Atlantic Rim Championships, the Dalkeith team go into battle without three top skips.

Gaynor Duncan – another star figure of the international scene – is stepping in to help out with Margaret Porter promoted. They join Ann Rutherford and Shona Johnstone as the four skips.