West Barns’ Alister Kennedy and Billy Mellors reach final

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Scottish Pairs champions Alister Kennedy and Billy Mellors of West Barns were in fine form competing in the British Isles Championships at Leamington Spa yesterday and survived a 21-20 nail-biter against Wales to reach the final.

It was 11-11 after 11 ends against C and K James then the Scots trailed 16-12 before answering that pressure with successive doubles to 16.

Wales showed renewed menace with counts of 1 and 2 to lead 19-16 and remained in the driving seat at 20-18 playing the last, but Kennedy/Mellors conjured up a magic count of 3 to pull a victory out of the hat.

More excitement for the Scots contingent came in the triples with Tom Pettigrew, Ryan Crawford and Wayne Hogg of Markinch reaching the final by beating Ireland and Guernsey.

Hogg (ex East Lothian) skipped his trio to a comfortable 19-12 win over Ireland in the prelim round but it took a spectacular 4, 3 finish to snatch an 18-15 win over Guernsey.

Scotland were involved in another dramatic climax in the fours, but the Wellington Park rink skipped by Mark McLees lost 19-18 to a last-end Jersey single in the prelim round.

Iain McLean of Blackwood Victoria made a disappointing 21-12 exit to Andrew Walters in the prelim round of the singles while Gary Robertson of Lockerbie lost 21-18 to Gary Kelly of Ireland in the junior singles.

n TONIGHT’S headline match in the second round of the Specsavers Edinburgh Cup features EBL Division 1 clubs Northern and Tanfield.