WL Masters: Halliday beats first champ as Logan runs on

The action in the second round was competitive
The action in the second round was competitive
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Scott Halliday of Whitburn was the headline maker in last night’s second round of the Scotmid West Lothian Masters beating No.5 seed Andrew Dunnett.

Dunnett was the inaugural champion in 1999 then won for a second time in 2007 but the 40-year-old from Queensferry was sidelined by a 21-18 defeat from Halliday.

The Masters also lost its No.12 seed in Sandy McDougall of Glenmavis with the 46-year-old former winner of the national pairs title, and 2013 County Singles champion, biting the dust with a 21-11 defeat by his Hamilton Trophy colleague David Lamb of Uphall Station.

McDougall’s brother Walter, 47, representing Glenmavis, progressed 21-18 against Robert Hutchieson of Armadale.

Hutchieson gave hint of a shock upset when producing a run of 1, 2, 2 that crossed him into a 17-14 lead then he lay four for the game at the next end only to be denied by a brilliant trail conversion that earned McDougall two shots.

McDougall, the 2013 champion of champions, added a single then answered the loss of a single with a full house four to clinch victory on end 23.

The £3500 event also lost 52-year-old Frazer Muirhead of Uphall Station with the youngest ever Scottish and British Isles Singles champion (1981) bowing out to a 21-17 to Steven Lawrie of Springgrove.

Muirhead was 12-11 up but Lawrie crossed to 17 with a run of 1, 3, 2 then led 20-13 and hit 21 three ends later on end 27.

Muirhead’s 25-year-old nephew, Cameron Greer, zipped into the Last 64 with the 2013 Master from Bathgate BC defeating Billy Irvine of Buchan Park, 21-10, in 18 ends.

Grant Logan, the holder, is chasing a record-extending fifth title and he remains on course after a 21-15 win over Robert McIvor of Glenmavis.

Gary Smith, who captured the Masters title in 2010 and reached the final in 2011, had his hands full against Rory Walker of Oakbank but the 55-year-old No. 3 seed from Linlithgow battled well from 13-15 to win 21-18 in 27 ends.

Ewan Shearer (41), the No.6 seed from Bo’ness and 2001 winner of the title, survived a challenging 21-17 tussle with A Fraser of Whitburn while 33-year-old Thomas Mann, the No.7 seed from Newbridge, stormed to a 21-4 win over Robbie Cuthill of Kirkliston.

The McKendrick brothers from Middleton Hall both advanced with 18-year-old Nathan beating Brian McCann of Glenmavis, 21-14, and 20-year-old No.13 seed Connor dealing a 21-12 exit to Jim Davidson of Kirkliston.

Steven Fleming, from Linlithgow beat Barry Nicholson of Broxburn a 21-18 in 23 ends.

n THE Edinburgh & Leith Tait Trophy semi-finals are at Mayfield tonight where champion Scott Mackintosh of London Road Foundry faces twice champion Mal Higgenbotham of Tanfield.

The second semi-final features Darren Hush of Carrick Knowe and Grant Wilson of Juniper Green. They are set to begin at 6.15pm.