Greg Logan crowned West Lothian Masters champion
Greg Logan is basking in the limelight of being crowned the Johnston Oils-sponsored West Lothian Masters champion having reeled off a hat-trick of wins in the final day's play at Newbridge BC to capture the Â£1000 title and signature Green Jacket.
Logan, 37, whose older brother Grant has won the Masters on four occasions, is a member of a renowned family of bowlers from Kirkliston but he was representing Uphall Station as he clinched his first WLM title.
Greg, a former Linlithgow Rose goalkeeper who holds a Scottish Junior Cup winner’s medal from the 2001-2002 campaign, said: “I joined Uphall Station this season to be with some pals who play there but I thought my only chance of slipping into a Green Jacket was to borrow one from my brother as he has some to spare. Winning the West Lothian Masters is a sensational feeling for me.”
Logan’s final-day run started in extremely windy conditions and his quarter-final task looked tough in the shape of 57-year-old Gary Smith, the No.5 seed who had reached three previous finals and won one of them. Smith had ridden his luck from 19-12 down to beat Darren Pearce of Kirkliston 21-20 in their section final but became a victim of role reversal when leading Logan 19-14 before blown away by his opponent’s storming run of 1, 2, 1, 1, 2 to 21.
Logan’s escape pitched him against one of his Station pals in David Lamb, 35, and, in a repeat 25-ender, he picked up the pace from 11-10 and battled on to clinch a 21-16 victory.
Mark Allison came into the final having taken 18 ends to capture the 21-8 scalp of No.14 seed Raymond Logan – uncle of Greg – and followed up with a 21-15 win over 66-year-old Bob Mackay of Armadale in 21 ends having pushed on from 10-8 to gain command at 17-11. Mackay had held on from 20-10 in his quarter-final to beat No.7 seed Brian Craig of Glenmavis 21-19.
In the final, Allison made the stronger start to lead 6-0. However, a four-shot explosion onto the card at end five was followed by a blitz of 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 3 that rocketed Logan into a 17-6 lead before Allison showed hints of a revival at 18-10.
Logan had been asked to cope with the introduction of a short-mat tactic by his opponent but he counter-punched with a late 1, 2 that knocked Allison out 21-10 in 18 ends.
Other quarter-final result: David Lamb 21, Paul Sweeney (Newbridge) 15.