West Lothian’s cup defence is sunk by Galleon

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West Lothian IBC’s defence of the Scottish Cup ended at the semi-final stage with defeat by Division 2 Galleon.

Galleon’s record in the Division 2 West programme was an unflattering four wins out of ten so the Kilmarnock club’s 83-71 humiliation of the cup holders at neutral venue Falkirk has to be applauded.

Defeat just adds to West Lothian’s woes after they were relegated from the Indoor Bowls Premeir League as their team of stars that included five current internationalists failed to deliver yet again.

Ace players Neil Speirs, Calum Logan, Thomas Mann, Bryan Cooper and Mark Allison had just returned from the Home International Series in Wales so were match fit yet it was a failure to see out a promising match lead that cost WL dear.

Mann was the only skip to deliver a victory but the team captain’s result was negated by the defeat of Logan, Allison and Speirs.

For a team expected to dwarf their lowly opposition West Lothian made only a timid impression in the opening stages but then managed a 10-0 clean sweep on end seven that fired them into a 30-17 lead.

West Lothian further extended their advantage to 40-24 after nine ends but that was as good as it got.

WL suffered a 38-22 setback on the middle phase that put them now three shots adrift at 52-55 and the deterioration continued with the 28-19 loss of the third.

Mann did his best for the cause by skipping Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie and Stuart Johnston into a 20-7 lead after 11 ends but a 27-18 win over John Carswell shows the rink didn’t deliver anything extra when under pressure on the long run in.

Logan and his rink of Dougie Mitchell, Raymond Logan and Des Hagart did finish strongly but their 8-2 fight back was from 17-5 down in a 19-13 defeat from John McCabe Jnr.

Speirs and his rink of Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale and James Speirs shaped up as match winners at 12-4 ahead but only managed to count at three of the remaining 12 ends in a costly collapse to a 24-17 defeat from D Boyd.

Allison also looked in good shape as he skipped Richard Mark, Grant Knox and Craig Moss into a 12-4 lead after ten ends, but only managed to card two more singles in a calamitous 22-14 defeat from Gary Peacock.