Bowls: Finals woe for Lothians hopefuls

Jim Byron and Co turned on the style against East Lothian
Jim Byron and Co turned on the style against East Lothian
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The Lothians challenge in the finals of the Scottish Indoor Bowls Championships at Lanarkshire IBC brought more lows than highs for East Lothian in the gents Triples, Balbardie in the ladies Triples and West Lothian in the gents Pairs.

Defeat for East Lothian to Division Two outfit Cumbernauld in the semi-finals of the Triples was a real shock for high-profile trio Billy Mellors, Andrew Jeffrey and Derek Oliver.

The first clue to a shock outcome came as early as the opening end with Andy Greenwood, John Cowie, and Jim Byron carding a mighty 5 that rocked East Lothian back on their heels.

Counts of 4 at ends six and eight helped Cumbernauld establish a commanding 15-5 lead after nine ends and their trio marched into the final with a 23-14 win.

Cumbernauld, though, were pipped 20-19 in the final by Elgin trio Andrew Barker, Graeme Donaldson and Mike Stepney.

Balbardie lined up for their ladies Triples semi-final versus Blantyre with Lorraine Malloy skipping Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch taking on Claire Walker, Caroline Brown and Margaret Letham.

The Bathgate-based team trailed all the way, though, in a 24-11 defeat. Brown and Co enjoyed a commanding 19-9 win over Jane Brooksby, Maureen Leishman and Vicki Leishman of Falkirk in the final.

In the semi-finals of the gents Pairs, West Lothian’s Richard Mark and Mark Allison were edged out 17-16 by Craig Lindsay and four-times world singles champion Paul Foster of Prestwick.

In the final, Arbroath brothers Ryan and Darren Burnett clinched a 22-18 victory over Lindsay and Foster.

East Fife edged a 21-20 thriller over Paisley in the final of the ladies Pairs while Auchinleck beat Galleon 18-16 in the ladies Fours.

The final of the Under-21 Singles saw a 21-9 win for Kevin McDonald of Elgin over Alastair McKinney of Glasgow.