East Lothian ladies target Triples title

Triples title holders Emma Brown, Yvonne Veitch and Margaret Thompson. Pic: East Lothian Camera Shop
Triples title holders Emma Brown, Yvonne Veitch and Margaret Thompson. Pic: East Lothian Camera Shop
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Emma Brown will skip her club colleagues Yvonne Veitch and Margaret Thomson in a bid to become the first East Lothian bowling trio to win the ladies Scottish Triples title.

The East Lothian domestic champions were in smashing form over the weekend to score four brilliant victories that saw them win their playdown section at Bainfield.

Wins over Teviotdale, Perth, Falkirk and Midlothian were all by commanding margins and carried the East Lothian triple into the last four stage at Prestwick on March 29-30, where their semi-final opposition is a trio representing Aberdeen.

Brown and Co faced a tough prelim round challenge from Fiona Morrison, Betty Gibson and 24-times capped Joyce Dickey of Teviotdale and an early exit looked to be on the cards when trailing 13-8 after 11 ends.

The next five ends produced a remarkable recovery for the East Lothian challengers as they fought back with a sensational run of 3, 3, 5, 1 to cross 20-13. EL dropped a single on end 16, but confirmed their 
superiority with a 1, 6 finish to complete a 27-14 triumph.

Perth provided the first-round opposition in the shape of Liz Rennie, Gail Mill and Rhona Paterson, but EL were strongly operating on the front foot to lead 13-5 after eight ends and stood firm to triumph 25-10.

The presence of high-profile outdoor caps Karen Dawson and Seona Black (skip), in company with Becky Craig at lead gave Falkirk a strong competitive look, but they were swept aside as Brown skipped her trio to decisive 20-13 victory.

The section final shaped up as real cracker with the opposition corner represented by three formidable Midlothian stars in the shape of junior cap Megan Grantham and full caps Stacey Laidlaw and Gaynor Duncan.

The opening exchanges were a tense affair, with Midlothian just doing enough to edge a 5-4 lead after five ends before Brown’s rink grabbed the initiative with a three-end blitz of 4, 2, 4 to cross 14-5.

Midlothian arrested their alarming slide with a double to 7, but EL whipped a whirlwind reply of 1, 4, 4, 2 and stormed to a spectacular 28-8 victory.

Midlothian had reached the section with a promising wins over Stirling, Abbeyview and Fintry. Duncan’s rink roared from 3-3 to 20-3 en route to crushing June Dowell of Stirling 25-8 and then were being hard pressed by Abbeyview at 11-11 before winning 18-12.

Fintry were managing to put up a show at 6-6 after a hard fought 11 ends, but Midlothian stepped up a gear to win 17-10.