Bowls: West Lothian Ladies move joint-top

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WEST LOTHIAN Ladies have joined East Lothian and Bainfield as joint leaders of Division 1C of the indoor bowls national league following their six-shot triumph (80-74) over near-neighbours Balbardie.

Home carpet advantage at The Inveralmond Stadium didn’t prevent West Lothian from being outgunned on the first and third phases but a strong dominance of the middle phase sealed the fate of the visitors.

Balbardie gained supremacy over the opening seven ends to take a 26-20 lead that was supported by an impressive 32-17 dominance of the final seven ends.

However, the main story of the match involved the middle seven ends with West Lothian enjoying a spell that resulted in a spectacular 43-16 transformation in their favour. Wins on the rinks skipped by Jennifer Sneddon and Lisa Barrett carried the day for a West Lothian team that had to endure the defeat of Jean Brown and Ann Clark at the hands of Pat Purdie and Margo Duff respectively.

Sneddon emerged the hero as she cashed in on a fantastic early run of 6, 1, 3, 3, 2, to skip Lucy Noon, Sheila Oxley and May Davison into a 17-5 lead then on to a 26-16 win over Christine Smellie, Lynn Sinclair, Margaret Scally and Deila Flannigan.

Barrett edged a 20-19 win over Catherine Lochran, Catherine Shearer, Helen Keys and Angie Uttley but had looked set for a more emphatic success when skipping Lynn Greer, Isabel Lindsay and Beth Erskine into a 19-11 lead with just three ends to play. Clark and her rink of Irene Taylor, Yvonne Nicholson and Catherine Howie carded 5, 1, 1, 1, 1 to cross 9-6 but slipped to an 18-16 defeat by Betty Johnston, Sara Jane Wright, Ally Blagg and Duff. Brown and her front three of Betty Tate, Jill Dickie and Lily Sword recovered strongly from 10-1 down to cross 17-11 but then collapsed to a 21-18 defeat from Lynn McDougall, Nan Mitchell, Pat Aitchison and Purdie.