Last bowl de­stroyer dumps Kirk­lis­ton

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

Kirk­lis­ton’s fail­ure to sur­vive the pre­lim round of The Pur­die Scottish In­ter County Top Ten Tour­na­ment is a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment and it was a dra­matic last bowl de­stroyer that sen­tenced the West Loth­ian cham­pi­ons to de­feat away to Stir­ling County coun­ter­parts Adrian of Falkirk.

Iron­i­cally, the op­po­si­tion player that de­liv­ered the killer blow to the giants of Kirk­lis­ton was a na­tive of ri­val vil­lage Winch­burgh, Ste­wart Getty, who was play­ing skip.

Getty and his col­leagues faced match de­feat with two shots against him tak­ing to the mat for the fi­nal bowl . But he pro­ceeded to break KBC hearts by crash­ing the jack into the ditch with such force it re­bounded back into the green to leave The Cheese­town Boys card­ing a sin­gle.

It re­stricted Calum Lo­gan and his front three of Jor­dan Pearce, Andi Gray and John Aitken to a 17-17 peel, cost­ing them what would have been a match-win­ning point with the fi­nal score 4 – 4 on points but 60-58 shot ag­gre­gate in favour of Adrian.

KBC’s visit to the Stir­ling County cham­pi­ons was fraught with dan­ger and the late ab­sence of sin­gles spear­head Grant Lo­gan turned out to be sig­nif­i­cant.

Lo­gan – a four-times WL Mas­ter – re­solved a per­sonal dilemma by opt­ing to sup­port the de­but of his 16year-old nephew, Cameron Lo­gan, in the Hearts team fac­ing Kil­marnock.

Grant’s cousin, Scott Lo­gan, switched to the sin­gles but suf­fered a 21-10 de­feat from Martin McCal­ley then the triple of Dar­ren Pearce, Mark Al­li­son and Ray­mond Lo­gan slipped from 13-10 up to a 13-13 peel against Si­mon Thom­son.

Neil Speirs skipped Steven For­rest to an 18-9 win, the Pairs hav­ing added to the drama with a bold 1, 2 , 4 fin­ish.

West Loth­ian launched their campaign in the East sec­tion of the Cities and Coun­ties Cham­pi­onship with an en­cour­ag­ing 19-shot away win (124-105) over tough-to-beat Border at Gor­don BC.

Wins for the rinks skipped by Ray­mond Lo­gan, Grant Lo­gan, Thomas Mann and Andy Dun­nett more than cov­ered the de­feat of Neil Speirs and Steven Flem­ing.

Lo­gan (Ray) won 12 of his 21 ends and in­cluded a five at his third end as he skipped Dar­ren Pearce, Barry Sword, and Sandy McDougall to a 28-11 win over Ian Craw­ford.

Lo­gan (Grant) won 11 of his 21 ends and in­cluded a five at his forth end as he skipped Jamie Ed­wards, Blair Mackie, and James Speirs to a 23-17 win over Gra­ham Forsyth.

Mann won 11 of his 21 ends and re­cov­ered from 10-6 down to skip Calum Black, Gary Orr and Gary Smith to a 20-15 win over Jamie Mitchell.

Dun­nett won 12 of his 21 ends and in­cluded a five at the 18th as he skipped Ewan Shearer, Scott Lo­gan, and Calum Lo­gan to a 21-18 win over Ralph Ni­col.

Speirs and his rink of Steven For­rest, Mark Al­li­son, and Bryan Cooper lost 23-14 to Stu­art Beb­bing­ton while Frazer Muir­head, Andi Gray, Greg Lo­gan, and Steven Flem­ing lost 21-18 to Stu­art White.

West Loth­ian are un­changed for this Satur­day’s home match against Mid­loth­ian at Lin­lith­gow (2pm).

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