Midlothian maintain 100 per cent start to Hamilton Trophy bid

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Midlothian continue to fly high in the East section of the Hamilton Trophy having completed a hat-trick of opening wins with an impressive 141-115 victory away to previously-undefeated Stirling County East at Allandale.

There were wins on the rinks skipped by Danny McDougall, Ramsay Blair, Colin Macfarlane and Colin Bonner while the defeats inflicted on David Peacock and Scott Briggs were both single-digit affairs.

Late call-offs saw Calum Redpath of Bonnyrigg called up for a seasonal bow while young rising star Paul Innes of Polton was given a first taste at this level.

Innes, playing lead to Arron Clinkscales, Kevin McDougall and Danny McDougall, helped convert a 13-9 deficit after 13 ends into a 31-16 victory over Stuart Williamson. Blair skipped Redpath, Andy Buerle and Willie Rankin to a 25-15 win over Stuart Hogg having added 3, 3, 2 to lead 24-10 while Bonner led 12-0, then trailed 22-19 before finishing 3, 1, 2 to beat C Ross 25-22.

Peacock was pipped 21-20 by Martin McCalley while Briggs slipped from 11-8 up to a 24-15 defeat from D Couper.

East Lothian share top spot with Midlothian having maintained their 100 per cent record with a 144-112 win over West Fife at Haddington. Mal Higgenbotham thundered into a 23-3 lead with a lightning run of (1), 4, (1), 4, 3, 1, 1, (1), 4, 5, 1 then skipped Callum Darling, Gordon Pryde and Joe Mower to a 34-13 triumph over Rab McFarlane. Scott Kennedy and Alex Marshall MBE delivered support wins while setbacks suffered by John McCrorie, Brian Young, and Billy Mellors were by narrow margins of 1, 1, and 2 respectively. Kennedy skipped Chris Johnston, Mark McCormack and Gordon White to a 28-19 win while Marshall exploded into a 21-3 lead before clinching a 23-17 victory. McCrorie slipped to a 27-26 
defeat from 24-15 up while Young peeled at 15-15 before being edged out 18-17. Mellors closed from 6-16 in a 16-18 defeat.