Local bowlers' hopes dashed at Scottish Championships

East Lothian suffered disappointment as they battled for glory on three fronts in the Scottish Indoor Bowls Championships at Falkirk.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 2:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 2:52 pm

2013 champions Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver lost out 21-16 in the Gents Pairs final to Arbroath’s Colin Smith and Andy Furye, the EL duo having beaten Jim Meikle and Iain McLean of Blantyre 24-16 in the last four.

Play in the Ladies Fours saw the East Lothian rink of Dee Hoggan, Mags Thomson, Yvonne Veitch and Janet Fairnie lead 9-4 after seven ends of their semi-final against Turriff but suffer a 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 5, 1, 1 collapse to trail 17-9 then lose 18-14.

Auchinleck had defeated East Kilbride 24-19 in their semi-final and their rink skipped by Claire Johnston stormed to a 26-7 triumph over Turriff in a one-sided final.

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The task of Calum Darling in the Under-21 Singles was a daunting one against 2015 Under-25 Junior Singles champion John Fleming from Inverclyde and glimpses of good form from the EL teenager couldn’t prevent a 21-11 exit.

Fleming confirmed his rising-star status with a 21-8 win over Jason Banks of Garioch in the final.

Meanwhile, Bainfield lost their semi-final in the Gents Triples as Josh Spalding, Daniel Gormley and John McDermott were outgunned 21-7 by Auchinleck.

The Ayrshire outfit’s Derek Ferguson, Craig Johnston and Gary Johnstone lost 15-14 to Turriff trio Graham Alexander, George Barclay and Connor Milne in the final.