WEST LOTHIAN claimed the gents Fours glory after an amazing comeback against East Lothian at the finals of the national indoor bowls championships at Lanarkshire IBC.

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WEST LOTHIAN claimed the gents Fours glory after an amazing comeback against East Lothian at the finals of the national indoor bowls championships at Lanarkshire IBC.

The rink of Bryan Cooper, James Speirs, Thomas Mann and Neil Speirs orchestrated a spectacular escape to victory, having trailed their opponents by eight shots after 16 ends of the regulation 21.

East Lothian’s Billy Mellors had skipped Andrew Jeffrey, Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver into a 14-5 lead after 11 ends before moving on to 19-11.

End 17 sparked a West Lothian revival, however, with the count of a 2, with a similar story in the next end closing the gap to 19-15. A one, two on end 19 had EL defending a slender 19-18 lead.

End 21 presented EL with a chance to clinch the title but Mellors fell an agonising foot short as WL carded a single to 19-19.

The final went into an extra-end decider and Neil Speirs had the last bowl as he attacked the head with a fierce strike to clinvh the title-winning shot.

The semi-final action had seen West Lothian produce a spectacular performance to conjure up a magic 29-12 win against the host club rink of Mark McGowan, Steven Hume, Robert Gordon and Robert Grant.

East Lothian also shaped up well with Mellors and Co delivering a magnificent 23-7 win over Norman Barker, Andrew Barker, Graeme Donaldson and Mike Stepney of Elgin.