Last bowl destroyer dumps Kirkliston
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).