West Lothian dish out hammering to Edinburgh & Leith

Neil Speirs was on top form for West Lothian
Neil Speirs was on top form for West Lothian
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Edinburgh & Leith’s hopes of ending their troubled Hamilton Trophy section campaign on a high note were well and truly flattened by a massive 152-105 hammering by a rampant West Lothian.

The Capital bowlers had home advantage at Parkside but the fired-up visitors showed little mercy with their reward being a place in the knockout stage.

Wins on two of the six rinks – skipped by Paul Veitch and James Hogg – brought little compensation to an E&L camp that suffered setbacks for John McDermott, Richard Tough, Jamie Gracie and, a touch less so, Paul O’Donnell.

West Lothian’s fifth win in seven clinched them second place to Midlothian in the East section while the E&L record of four defeats saw them finish sixth of eight.

The phase scoring at Parkside saw E&L forced immediately on to the back foot as WL gained the initiative on five of the six rinks which led to their 52-34 capture of the first seven ends.

E&L did show signs of improvement with an encouraging 46-43 revival on the second phase. However, the signal proved to be a false one as West Lothian confirmed their supremacy with a super-charged 57-25 thrust to dominate the third.

Neil Speirs was the ace in the pack for WL with the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medal winner scoring at 14 of his 21 ends as he skipped Andy Semple, John Aitken and Mark Allison to a 33-15 rout of John McDermott.

McDermott and his rink of Steven Pilley, Andy McNab and Liam McKay led 7-6 after six ends but a losing run of 3, 5, 2, 2 brought them under 21-7 pressure that proved too severe to recover from.

Thomas Mann won 13 of his 21 ends and included a purple patch spell of 3, 4, 1, (1), 2, 4 to skip Drew Paterson, Blair Mackie and Sandy McDougall to a 29-14 win over Euan Craig, John Kidd, Gordon Bold and Gracie. Andy Dunnett won 12 of his 21 ends with counts of 6, 5, and 4, enabling him to skip Ewan Shearer, Scott Logan, and Calum Logan to a 31-15 win over Ross Noble, Ross Thomson, John Ramsay and Tough.

Raymond Logan won 11 of his 21 ends, and a run of 2, 3, 1, 2 to cross 20-15 inspired him to skip Darren Pearce, Scott Mushet, and Gary Smith to a 23-17 win over Graeme Eddington, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson and O’Donnell.

Veitch raised an E&L cheer with a run of 3, 4, 2, (1), 3 to cross 16-13 then skip Lewis Betts, Steven Kirk and Alan Brown to a 24-17 win over Steven Fleming.

Hogg and his rink of Greg Smith, Ross Byers and Gordon Wilson Jnr added a second win for E&L but only just with a double at the last snatching a 20-19 win over Grant Logan.