The National Bowling Championships swing into action at the Ayr Northfield Complex tomorrow with play in the Seniors Singles and Fours plus the Mixed Pairs taking place ahead of the mainstream events on Thursday.
The challenge from the Capital is a strong one and spearheaded by District 15 champions John McDermott and his ‘super’ gran Mary Price of Sighthill, who have battled through the qualifying system to defend the Mixed Pairs title. They open against Stoneyetts of Glasgow on the 3.00pm session but are preceded by District 14 champions Elaine Walker and Alan Flockhart of Maitland, who face Rattray of Blairgowrie at 12.30pm.
The wider Lothian challenge is represented by Harrysmuir, Gilmerton Pr, and the East Lothian partnership of Dee Hoggan and 2000 Scottish Singles champion John McCrorie.
It is the wider Lothian challenge that provides the major crowd attraction in the Ladies Seniors Singles in the shape of the Lorna Smith of Linlithgow, who, in the Singles proper, won the national title three times in a row.
Smith is joined in the battle for the seniors crown by Jean Tough of Leith, Betty Eaton of Beechwood, Anne McCall of Shottstown and Janet Fairnie of Castlepark.
Roddy Watson of Dean competes in the gents senior Singles where he opens aganst Leslie Stewart of Huntly while Adam Melrose of Sighthill faces Kenny Brown of Inchinnan.
Bob McKay (Armadale), Sandy Plenderleith (Gifford) and Jocky Miller (Musselburgh) – father of Rangers striker Kenny – also compete for the title.
The Lothians challenge in the Gents Seniors Fours comes from Goldenacre, Parkside, Winchburgh, Kirkhill and Cockenzie & Port Setonm while in the Ladies Seniors Fours, Hillside, Colinton, Buchan Park, Polton and Gullane are chasing glory.