Bowls: Bainfield aiming to avoid an Ayr raid

James Hogg returns for Bainfield tomorrow against Ayr
James Hogg returns for Bainfield tomorrow against Ayr
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Bainfield aim to bounce back from an opening defeat at Aberdeen when they have home advantage tomorrow against newly-promoted Ayr in the B Section of the indoor bowls Premier League.

Ayr ran East Lothian close last wekeeknd so will travel with confidence but, even this early in the campaign, it is a must-win match for Bainfield with home points a precious commodity.

Team captain and skip Colin Hutchison is a significant absentee tomorrow but team manager Gavin Smith is consoled by the welcome return of outdoor cap James Hogg.

Smith is also upbeat about star figures Alan Brown and Josh Spalding making their seasonal debuts although experienced campaigner Stephen Pringle is on the sidelines and joined there by Adam Brock from last weekend’s opening line-up.

Rink 1: Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, Craig Paterson.

Rink 2: Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, James Hogg.

Rink 3: Josh Spalding, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, Robert Marshall.

Rink 4: Kerr McKail, Alan Brown, Alex Hurry Jnr, Gavin Smith.

• EAST LOTHIAN bid to follow up their opening win with a home triumph against Falkirk and they’ve received a major boost with the return of captain Scott Kennedy.

Kennedy slots into his regular position at skip with Jamie Higgins as his No.3 and the knock-on effect sees Stewart W Thomson switching rinks to play third to Derek Oliver, Willie Wood MBE and Andy Burt playing second to Billy Mellors and Oliver respectively. Calum Darling is the player sidelined.

Midlothian, meanwhile, pulled off a surprise home-and-away double over West Lothian last season so that sets a high benchmark for the A section renewal at the Dalkeith stadium.

Ian Fleming, Jamie Macnab and international skip Colin Walker make their seasonal debut for the home club at the expense of Scott Matthews, Scott Briggs and Sandy Dippie, who contributed to an opening win over Blantyre.

West Lothian will hope to bounce back from defeat at home to Paisley and joint selectors Thomas Mann and Mark Allison have opted for a no-change line-up.