Bowls: West Lothian smoke out Arbroath

Calum Logan was on top form for West Lothian
Calum Logan was on top form for West Lothian
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WEST LOTHIAN were under pressure to deliver a winning performance at Arbroath in the A section of the indoor bowls Premier League and they came up with an 85-69 victory that keeps them in the mix.

Key in the 16-shot winning margin was a double-figure contribution made by the rink skipped by Calum Logan.

The other WL rinks skipped by Neil Speirs, Mark Allison and team captain Thomas Mann didn’t quite get the measure of their respective oppositions with Mann losing by a single shot and the other two finishing peels.

WL were only winning for the second time in four games and the triumph keeps them within two points of second-placed Blantyre and four adrift of unbeaten Midlothian.

Arbroath made the stronger start but only edged the first seven-end phase 25-22 with West Lothian benefiting from a Logan’s 11-3 domination.

West Lothian came good on the second phase and, driven by an 11-4 input from Speirs, captured it 27-19 to turn the tables and take a 49-44 match score.

Entering the third and final phase, Logan produced a strong 12-2 finish that tipped the scales 36-25 in WL’s favour. He made a blitz start of 3, 1, 4, 1, 2 to power Cameron Greer, Connor McKendrick and Craig Moss into an 11-1 lead after six ends then included a mighty count of five at end 15 and a run of 3, 2, 1 as he clinched a spectacular 26-9 win over Paul Carnegie.

Allison also made an impressive start to skip James Greenock, Dougie Mitchell and Stuart Johnston into a 7-1 lead after five ends but found himself in troubled waters at 19-15 down with just two ends to play against Sandy Pirie. End 20 brought relief in the WL camp with Allison and Co carding a count of five for a 20-20 peel. Speirs and his rink of Jamie Aitken, Raymond Logan and Bryan Cooper answered pressure at 12-6 down to Darren Burnett after 11 ends with a 4, 3 revival to cross 13-12 then, when back in trouble at 14-19, the menace was answered by a magic five for a 21-21 peel.

Mann and his front three of Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale and James Speirs faced a 6-1 deficit after six ends then were haunted at 19-11 down with just two ends to play against A Furye. However, a 19-18 defeat was enhanced by a 1, 6 finish.