TWO best friends have completed their own piece of bowls history after clinching an indoor grand slam.

Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors were crowned pairs champions at the Scottish Indoor Finals on Sunday to wrap up the impressive haul of trophies.

The duo took two on the final end to defeat Blantyre 23-22 and become Scotland’s pairs champions for the first time.

Mellors said: “We have probably been friends for the best part of 35 years. We go on holiday together, we socialise as families as well.

“Although that is great, it can bring its own pressures because you know each other so well and do not want to let your best friend down. It is a poisoned chalice sometimes.

“We have had a few goes at the pairs and never really done too great so to finally get the win is quite good.

“Even if we never qualify again, we can say we have done it.”

Kennedy, who works for East Lothian Council, was “over the moon” with the triumph, which means both men have won the national singles, pairs, triples and fours titles.

The 46-year-old said: “I was best man at Billy’s wedding and he was best man at mine.

“We have known each other since we were teenagers and it means the world to win it.

“He won the outdoor pairs with my brother, Alister, and now indoors with me.

“I could quite happily stop bowling now. My son, Logan, plays and I will keep playing to try to win something with my son.”

Kennedy, who lives in Port Seton, took the first step towards the grand slam more than 20 years ago. He won the fours alongside Willie Wood, Ian Bell and Graham Robertson in 1997/98 before lifting the prize again in 2017/18 with Derek Oliver, Joe Mower and Jamie Higgins.

He is also a two-time triples winner, having been crowned national champion in 2000/01 alongside Steven Glen and Jonathan Allan, before winning it again with Mellors and Andy Jeffrey in 2006/07.

The Cockenzie and Port Seton Bowling Club member was singles champion in 2008.

Meanwhile, Mellors, 47, was singles champion in 2014 and won the fours title in 1996-97 alongside Willie Galloway, Jock Darling and Kevin McFarlane.

He is also a two-time triples champion, having lifted the title with Kennedy and Jeffrey, as well as winning the competition with Andy Barclay and Jeffrey in 2002/03.

Now, the two bowlers can turn their attention to British Isles Indoor Bowls Council Championships in Belfast.

Mellors, of Aberlady, described the possibility of getting a result at the championships, which are played in March, as “the icing on the cake”.