Alex on the brink of winning world title

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East Lothian bowler Alex Marshall and his pairs partner and former county teammate Paul Foster reached the final of the World Bowls Championships.

The duo were scheduled to play Australian pair Leif Selby and Aron Sherriff on Thursday after defeating England 13-14 in a thrilling semi-final in Adelaide.

Meanwhile, East Lothian IBC men’s side struggling times in the A section of the Scottish Premier League look to be over after the former record breaking champions made it three wins in a row beating foot of the table Coatbridge by four shots (74-70) in a hard fought match.

“That was a result of massive importance to us as it moves us four points ahead of relegation zoned Midlothian with only three fixtures left to complete,” said an East Lothian spokesman.

Coatbridge did make the visitors battle hard for their triumph though and it was wins on two rinks – skipped by Willie Wood MBE and Scott Kennedy – that carried East Lothian over the winning line. Wood and his rink of Kieran Simants, Stevie Thomson and Andrew Jeffrey were the top performers in an all the way 23-17 win while Kennedy skipped Lessel Middler, Stewart Thomson and Gary Darling to a 22-20 triumph.

Team captain Graham Robertson and his front three of Ewan Fallen, Luke Newlands and Dougie Berwick settled for a 17-17 share of the spoils while Stevie Clark, Calum Darling, Alan Young and Mark Johnston slipped to a 16-12 defeat.

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