Bowls stars will battle for a handy New Year bonus

Alex Marshall
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Midlothian IBC will host an Invitation Two-Bowl Triples Tournament featuring several top local players aiming for a share of the £1200 prize money.

M&F Funeral Services are sponsors of an attractive event that is being supported by the presence of big names such as Alex Marshall, Willie Wood, Paul Foster, Neil Speirs, Thomas Mann, Colin Walker and Midlothian’s David Peacock.

And a female presence will be provided by Julie Forrest, Kelly McDougall, Sandra McLeish and Stacey Laidlaw, amongst others.

The headline names enter the action on Saturday, January 4 but there are five preliminary sections being played this Saturday (11am start) to produce eight qualifiers.

Preliminary line-up:

Section A: Sandy (AJ) Knight, Alan Robinson, Stewart Douglas, Frank Malko.

Section B: Scott Runciman, Gary Thomson, Danny McDougall, Rob Crawford.

Section C: Drew Pearson, Ian Forbes, Connor Milne, Peter Gray.

Section D: Lindsay Plenderleith, 
Alan Borthwick, James Bathgate, Jim Mallon.

Section E: Kenny Bald, Colin Flower, Robert Stenhouse, Robin Macnab.

Meanwhile, a costly defeat on East Lothian’s fourth rink at relegation-zoned Paisley saw the leaders of the B section of the Premier League tumble to third place behind Lanarkshire and Falkirk with one fixture left.

The 86-79 loss was all the more frustrating because East Lothian won the other three rinks. However, Paisley were 20 shots ahead after 18 ends.

“It is some consolation that rather than fold and lick our wounds we showed great character by hitting back over the final three ends and clawed them back to a single-figure margin,” said team captain Billy Mellors.

Sadly for Mellors, he and his rink of Kieran Simants, Dougie Berwick and Steven Morgan were the reason for East Lothian’s demise having suffered a 28-11 defeat by Calum Taggart.

Derek Oliver skipped Ewan Fallen, Gary Darling and Graham Robertson to a 24-18 win over Graeme Sloan, while Scott Kennedy and his rink of Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Willie Wood stormed back from 19-5 down to beat Jonathan Ross, 21-19.

Jamie Higgins stepped up to skip in the absence of Alex Marshal and led Mark Johnston, Tom Young and Stewart Thomson to a 22-21 win over Drew Stobo.