Bowls: East Lothian claim Scottish Cup final spot

Jamie Higgins
Jamie Higgins
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SIX-TIMES winners East Lothian IBC were forced onto the back-foot for the first ten ends of their Scottish Cup semi-final against Midlothian at Stirling but produced a strong second-half performance to score a 79-68 victory.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver plus a last-gasp peel for Billy Mellors covered the narrow defeat of Scott Kennedy.

Higgins looked set for an uncomfortable day at 13-7 down after seven ends to Jamie Aitken, Jack Macnab, Kevin McDougall and Ronnie Duncan. However, he skipped Mark Johnston, Callum Darling and Stuart Thomson to a strong revival and won 27-20.

Oliver was immense with his damage limitation and conversion play as he skipped Ewan Fallen, John Robertson and Graham Robertson to a 16-10 win having kicked on from 4-4 against Colin Cook, Ian Fleming, Colin MacFarlane and Billy Peacock.

Mellors was blitzed 10-0 over the opening three ends but answered that challenge by skipping Andrew Jeffrey, Andy Burt and Dougie Berwick to a 15-15 revival. Then, in a ding-dong battle, fought out a 20-20 peel with Neil Watson, Lindsey Plenderleith, Andy Caldwell and David Peacock.

Kennedy and his rink of Lessel Middler, Brian Galloway and Willie Wood MBE operated mostly against the collar but were always in contention in an 18-16 defeat from Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, David Munro, and Colin Walker.