Mackie produces thumping WLM win over top seed and holder Aitken

West Lothian Masters title holder John Aitken exited this year's event in round two
West Lothian Masters title holder John Aitken exited this year's event in round two
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TOP seed John Aitken was the major casualty in round two of the Johnston Oils-sponsored West Lothian Masters with the holder and four-times winner joined on the sidelines by three other ranked bowlers in the shape of Andrew Semple, Alec Allan and Colin Cruickshanks.

Kirkliston ace Aitken faced Hamilton Trophy colleague Blair Mackie of Newbridge and trailed 9-1 after five ends. Mackie scorched to 17-8 then converted that supremacy into a commanding 21-9 victory in 18 ends.

No.11 seed Semple seldom got to grips with Keith Taylor of Bathgate, who zipped from 14-11 to 21-11 with a run of 1, 1, 2, 3.

Allan, the No.12 seed and a former runner-up from Newbridge, made a 21-17 exit to David McCormick of Bathgate.

Cruickshanks was making his first appearance as a seed at No.13 but the Pumpherston man lost 21-17 to Martin Healey of West Calder in 23 ends.

George Sneddon of Broxburn – a former national singles champion and gold medal internationalist – made a 21-13 exit to Paul Sweeney of Newbridge while other non-seed notables to depart the scene included Brian Saunders (Bathgate), Jamie Aitken (Newbridge) and Kirkliston’s Jordan Pearce and Nathan McKendrick.