Bowls: Derek Oliver top man in East Lothian

Derek Oliver is East Lothian Champion of Champions while Megan Kilvin, below, won the women's version
Derek Oliver is East Lothian Champion of Champions while Megan Kilvin, below, won the women's version
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DEREK OLIVER has captured the East Lothian Champion of Champions crown for a second time with the 31-year-old international bowler from Cockenzie & Port Seton in brilliant form to dominate a strong 21-man field at Haddington.

Oliver produced four masterclass performances that brought him the scalps of fellow champions John White of Gifford, John Hogg of Castlepark, Daniel Peart of Longniddry and John McCrorie of Tranent.

“Winning this title is a huge boost to my confidence ahead of having a crack at the national title next season,” said Oliver.

Oliver’s clash in the final against McCrorie was all over in a quick 15 ends with the 2000 national champion playing some good stuff but being totally eclipsed by the sparkling play of Oliver, who stormed to a commanding 21-8 victory.

The semi-finals saw Oliver strongly challenged by Peart but produce the killer instinct to clinch a 21-16 victory while McCrorie impressed as he beat Angus Blair of the host club 21-13.

Meanwhile, the ladies Champion of Champions title was won in great style by 15-year-old Megan Kilvin of East Lothian Co-op, who became the youngest-ever to reign in the Garden County with a convincing 21-8 victory over Dawn Murdoch of East Linton in the final at Longniddry.

East Linton enjoyed a better outcome in the Pairs with Hazel Fender and Jennifer Newlands edging a 14-12 thriller over Gill Harley and Sheila Williamson of North Berwick. Castlepark triumphed in the Triples with their trio of Janet Fairnie, Jean Russell and Margaret Thomson having the measure of Edith Connolly, Maureen Lorimer and Irene Robertson of North Berwick with a 19-9 scoreline.

The final of the Fours was fought out on a tightrope with the battle for supremacy won by the Cockenzie & Port Seton rink of Essa Baillie, Ella Gorman, Beth McDonald and Laureen Baillie, who edged an 18-15 win over Diane Moyes, Tracy Jack, Derry McKillop and Yvonne Veitch of East Lothian Co-op.

• STEWART JOHNSTON has won the club championship at Ormiston for a sixth time after clinching a 21-17 win over Dan Rowley in the final.