East Lothian bowlers enhance league chances

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East Lothian IBC gent’s side enhanced their prospects of holding on to their Scottish Premier League status with a significant home victory over West Lothian beating the previously undefeated table toppers by 15 shots (89-74) in a hard fought encounter.

“This was a result of massive importance to us as it moves us six points clear of bottom club Coatbridge in the ultra competitive A section and two points clear of second bottom Midlothian entering the home straight in the campaign,” said an East Lothian spokesman.

It was a strong team performance from East Lothian against the defending national champions and Scotland caps Derek Oliver and Scott Kennedy delivered the vital wins and their efforts were good enough to cover the narrow defeats sustained by Willie Wood and Billy Mellors.

For the second consecutive match Oliver and his front three of Ewan Fallen, Dougie Berwick and team captain Graham Robertson were in splendid form as they raced into a 10-4 lead after seven ends before going on to win 23-14 against Neil Spiers. Kennedy picked up strongly from 9-8 down to skip Lessel Middler, Gary Darling and Jamie Higgins to an impressive 25-16 win against Mark Allison. Early setbacks for the rink of Mark Johnston, Stevie Thomson, Alan Young and Wood saw them face a mountain to climb at 14-4 down after 9 ends but they staged a strong fight back to only lose 23-22 against Calum Logan. Mellors and his front-three of Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Andrew Jeffrey looked in total control of proceedings as they led 16-7 after 9 ends but they then conceded at nine of the remaining ten ends to lose 21-19 to James Speirs.

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