West Lothian reach quarter-finals in C&C Championship

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West Lothian clinched the top qualifying honours in the East section of the Cities & Counties Championship with a spectacular 147-92 victory over Fife County at Queensferry BC.

It was West Lothian’s sixth win in the seven-match campaign and the team outscored the opposition on five rinks, skipped by Raymond Logan, Calum Logan, Grant Logan, Sandy McDougall and Steven Fleming. The only setback came when Gary Smith was pipped at the post by the Fife rink skipped by Ally Hill.

With only two wins in six, Fife weren’t expected to be a match for a West Lothian team with ambitions of going on to make 2014 their first Hamilton Trophy year since 2009.

West Lothian outscored Fife on 18 of the 21 ends with the best the visitors could offer being a 9-5, 5-2 and 8-2 on ends seven, 15, and 20.

West Lothian enjoyed a 51-38 capture of the first seven ends backed up by a 46-25 return on the second and a 50-29 dominance of the third.

Former Scotland cap Raymond Logan skipped Steven Forrest, Blair Mackie and Thomas Mann to a 33-12 win over Alan Pearson having blitzed an amazing 21-2 trail over the first 10 ends.

Calum Logan included two counts of 6 (at ends three and 16) and a whirlwind finish of 2, 1, 2, 5 as he skipped Frazer Muirhead, David Lamb and Stuart Johnston to a 35-22 win over Raymond White.

Grant Logan – set to captain Scotland this weekend – won 14 of the 21 ends as he skipped Paul Lynas, Scott McMaster and James Speirs to a 24-11 win over Stuart Bone.

McDougall opened with a run of 1, 5, 1, then traded on his 7-0 lead for the duration as he skipped Ewan Shearer, Ian Drysdale and Gary Orr to a 0-15 win over James Forbes.

Fleming made his best space with counts of 1, 4 to stretch into a 16-9 lead after 17 ends then he skipped Diz Drysdale, Alec Allan and Mark Allison to a 17-12 win over Gary Mackie.

Smith skipped Drew Paterson, Andrew Semple and Walter McDougall into a winning position at 18-13 up after 18 ends but conceded 3, 2, 2 on the run-in to suffer a 20-18 defeat from Hill. West Lothian play Perthshire in their quarter-final at Polmont on Saturday 5 July.