Three seeds bit the dust in the first round of the Scotmid West Lothian Masters last night.
Newbridge’s Alec Allan, last year’s runner up and this year’s No.8 seed, lost 21-9 in 16 ends to recently-crowned County Singles champion Colin Cruickshanks of Pumphertson.
Kirkliston’s Calum Logan – the No.10 seed – lost 21-18 to his Hamilton Trophy team manager Jimmy Mallon of Broxburn. Diz Drysdale of Bathgate – the No16 seed and 46-year-old winner of the 2012 champion of champions title – made an encouraging start to lead Middleton Hall teenager Nathan McKendrick 11-5, but collapsed to 15-11 down and suffered a 21-17 defeat in 24 ends.
Grant Logan, the 38-year-old holder and No.1 seed from Kirkliston stormed to a 21-6 win in 11 ends over the luckless Ian McGill of East Calder and was joined in the second round by No.2 seed Cameron Greer of Bathgate, who beat Scott McMaster of Broxburn 21-8.
Third seed Gary Smith of Linlithgow battled on from 15-12 to score a hard-earned 21-17 win over Davy Rodgers of Harrysmuir, while Andy Dunnett the No.5 seed from Queensferry romped to a 21-4 win over G Rimmer of Newbridge.
Ewan Shearer, the No.6 seed from Bo’ness, whizzed into the second round with a 21-6 victory over Colin Fraser (Whitburn) while Thomas Mann the No.7 seed from Newbridge crushed Middleton Hall’s Graham Turner 21-4.
The McDougall brothers of Glenmavis both made comfortable progress, with Walter, the No.9 seed, beating Gordon Snedden of Bellsburn, 21-15, and Sandy, the No.12 seed, beating Armadale’s Stuart Snedden 21-11. Connor McKendrick, the No.13 seed and 20-year-old brother of the aforementioned Nathan, won 21-12 against C Little of Glenmavis while Linlithgow’s Steven Fleming had a walkover.
Three frontline challengers – John Aitken (No.4) of Kirkliston, Raymond Logan (No.11) of Kirkliston and Bryan Cooper (No.14) of Bathgate – were unable to play their matches.