East Lothian roll out big guns for Premier League play-off final

Alex Marshall will line up for East Lothian against Falkirk
Alex Marshall will line up for East Lothian against Falkirk
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East Lothian gents head to Turriff tomorrow aiming to win the indoor bowls Premier League title for a seventh time.

Falkirk provide the opposition in the final and, with both teams facing the long trek north, the first hope is that weather conditions permit the showcase climax to go ahead.

East Lothian go into the final with their strongest line-up which includes six-times world indoor singles champion Alex Marshall MBE. As well as 75-times capped Marshall, Willie Wood MBE (93 caps) and Graham Robertson (87) give EL plenty experience.

Falkirk, though, also have top players in the shape of former East Lothian native Steven Glen and his fellow international team-mates Gary Hutchison, Martin McCalley, Steven Allan, Joey Strickland and Gary Smith.

Falkirk reached last year’s final where they lost to Blantyre and, having also missed out in the 2012 final, they will be determined to make it third-time lucky.

EL captain Robertson said: “Falkirk are a very talented team but one of our several drivers is that if we win, East Lothian will hold three major titles in the shape of the indoor Scottish Cup, indoor Premier League and the outdoor Hamilton Trophy.”

East Lothian v Falkirk:

Rink 1: Mark Johnston, Willie Wood MBE, Graham Robertson and Derek Oliver v Zander Ness, David Taylor, Chris Scott and Steven Allan.

Rink 2: Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Joe Mower and Billy Mellors. v Billy McArthur, Gary Stirling, Gary Hutchison and John McHutchison.

Rink 3: Ross Thomson Stuart Thomson, Jamie Higgins and Alex Marshall MBE v Iain Donaldson, Scott Donaldson, Martin McCalley and Steven Glen.

Rink 4: Andy Jeffrey, Dougie Berwick, Glenn Blair and Scott Kennedy v Joey Strickland, Simon Thomson, Gary Smith and Gary Flynn.