Speirs and Logan through to the 2-Bowl Pairs semis

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Gold medal hero Neil Speirs and his young internationalist colleague Calum Logan represented the West Lothian IBC banner in the play-down action of the Scottish 2 Bowl Pairs Championship and ruled the roost in their section at Midlothian’s Dalkeith Stadium.

The West Lothian domestic champions reeled off four wins on the trot in brilliant style and did so without dropping a set although challenged by some top-notch partnerships.

“I thought Logan and Speirs were tremendously impressive and a joy to watch as they produced a standard of play that matched their first class reputations in the sport,” said leading Midlothian administrator Frank Gray.

Wins – all by two sets to nil – over Perth in the prelim round followed by East Lothian, Tweedbank and then Stirling propelled the Logan/Speirs partnership into the semi-finals at Paisley IBC come January where they will be joined over the weekend of 23/24 by, their opponents in the semi-final, namely Russell Hinson and Roddy McCready of Lanarkshire, and also Mike and Kyle Ross of Inverness who will face Drew Boyd and John McCabe Jnr of Galleon.

The West Lothian duo launched their campaign against Ricky Grant and the once highly lauded Doug Lambert of Perth in their early morning prelim round then came through a sterling test unscathed against East Lothian stars Andy Jeffrey and Billy Mellors.

Derick Pearce and Malcolm Thin of Tweedbank presented the second round opposition but Logan and Speirs breezed past them then accounted for James Brown and David McEwan of Stirling in the final.

Meanwhile, a promising debut in the event for Bainfield champions David McNair and Brian Combe saw them defeat Colin Rae and Andrew J Kyle of Teviotdale in straight sets, but a 2-0 exit in the first round proper saw them fail to cope with Stirling.

Jimmy Mallon and Walter McDougall carried the banner for Balbardie but the Bathgtae partnership crashed out 2-0 with a defeat from Brian Scott and Brian Russell of Headwell in the prelim round.

Midlothian champions David Munro and Ian Forbes competed at West of Scotland IBC where they opened with a 2-0 win over Hugh Sharpe and Paul Kane of Clydebank but they then failed to gain supremacy over Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster of Prestwick in the first round.

• East Lothian gents escaped from their opening Premier League match at Ayr with a seven-shot victory, 92-85.

The highlight was Alex Marshall skipping Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon and Gary Darling to a 32-12 win over Stuart England.

The other rink scores were: Billy Mellors 28, Jim Cuthbertson 27; Derek Oliver 19, Alistair Reid 21; Jamie Higgins 13, Colin Smith 24.