East Lothian bowlers keep premier status

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East Lothian IBC gents held on to their Scottish Premier League status after holding off a late challenge from local rivals Midlothian to win Saturday’s crucial match in the A section.

The hard-fought 86-72 victory saw East Lothian move an uncatchable four points clear of second bottom Midlothian with only one match remaining. Pre-match drama saw Alex Marshall MBE have to call-off late due to illness, resulting in Alan Young being drafted in.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy and Willie Wood MBE left the garden county selectors satisfied with a team performance that coped well with the defeat of Billy Mellors.

Oliver included a 5 and a 4 as he skipped Ewan Fallen, Alan Young and team captain Graham Robertson into a 15-9 lead after 10 ends then they stayed on strongly to score a 23-11 victory over Billy Peacock. Kennedy skipped Kieran Simants, Gary Darling and Jamie Higgins to a 20-13 win over fellow cap Colin Walker while Mark Johnston, Stevie Thomson, Dougie Berwick and the evergreen Wood edged a 20-16 win over Ronnie Duncan. Mellors and his front three of Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Andrew Jeffrey looked on course for victory when they led 12-3 after 5 ends but were sledge hammered 5, 6, and 6 then crashed to a 32-23 from Sandy Knight.

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