Lothian teams eye Inter County Top Ten semis

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The Lothian bowls challenge in The Co-operative Funeralcare-sponsored Inter County Top Ten Championship is strong tomorrow with the champions of Mid, East and West – in the shape of Bonnyrigg, West Barns and Kirkliston respectively – all bidding to for a place in the semi-finals.

Bonnyrigg make one enforced change at home to Glaisnock Valley of Ayrshire with former stalwart figure Drew Pearson stepping in to cover the absence of Lindsay Plenderleith at third to Tam Russell in the Fours.

West Barns continue at full strength for their away trip to Angus champions Dudhope while record four-times champions Kirkliston have Mark Allison and Grant Logan back in action for the visit of Renfrewshire champions Anchor.

The remaining quarterfinal features Hyndland of Glasgow – conquerors of Carrick Knowe in the last round – at home to Huntly of Highland.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh & Leith continue their East section campaign in the Scottish Under-25 League Cup with a visit to Markinch tomorrow to face Fife.

E&L are bidding to build on their hard-fought five-shot home win over Midlothian and introduce Carrick Knowe stars Colin Tough and Stephen Pringle for the absent Murray Baillie of West End and Jamie Reid of Northern.

East Lothian made a dream start with five rinks up to thrash Fife by 57 shots at Prestongrange and now tackle Borders at Chirnside with Jamie Blair and Reece Cochrane covering the absence of Dean Riva and Kieran Simants.