IT WAS a week of highs and lows for the members of East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club as they took to the semi-finals of three knockout competitions in the space of seven days.

First to the stage, the East Lothian seniors took to neutral venue Arbroath to tackle Aberdeen in the senior knockout cup.

A lightning start from the northern side saw them open an unassailable 47-17 lead on three rinks through the first 10 ends of play.

Unfortunately for the East Lothian seniors, this gap was to remain until the end of play as the Aberdeen side claimed a comprehensive 10-0 victory and a chance for silverware in the cup final.

The gents’ side were next to the knockout stage as they took on West Lothian at Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club in the last four of the Greengauge Scottish Cup.

With a number of big-name sides falling in earlier rounds, the East Lothian side had their sights set on a glorious end to the season.

West Lothian similarly fell short in the league campaign and looked to stake their claim for a final place early on in the fixture.

A blistering start across two rinks gave the Armadale side control in the game.

A huge count of seven on end 11 for the West Lothian side proved to be a vital blow in the tie as they forced ahead significantly on the ‘big board’ count.

The game was conceded just three ends later as West Lothian saw out an 8-2 victory.

Arbroath Indoor Bowling Club played host to the reformatted SYIBA top six on Sunday morning.

Under the previous guise of a top 10, East Lothian had been prolific winners, securing the trophy in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

After Covid, membership at youth level has left several clubs under-strength for the event and it was voted to change the format to a top six competition (singles, pairs and triples).

A successful semi-final against the home club Arbroath saw the youths claim an 8-0 victory and book a place in the afternoon final against Ardrossan.

Aaron Betts continued the form he showed in the morning as he secured the first two points for East Lothian as he wrapped up a 21-5 victory in the singles.

Logan Shields and Lennon Rafferty contributed another two points as they enjoyed a 20-6 victory in the pairs.

Then, the hat-trick was complete moments later as Daniel Gillies, Daniel Kivlin and Logan Kennedy won the triples match up 15-4.