AFTER narrowly missing out in the semi-final of the national two-bowl pairs a few weeks ago with his father Scott, Port Seton youngster Logan Kennedy claimed his place in the Scottish Indoor Youth Bowling Association (SYIBA) Youth Masters final at the weekend.

A successful morning session saw the future star claim wins over Midlothian and Blantyre in the group playdowns.

The early afternoon saw a close affair fall against the youngster (9-8) against Whiteinch and put his qualification from the group stage back in the mix.

Kennedy responded with a huge win over Turriff (18-3) before another close battle against Tweedbank (9-8) saw him claim top spot and progression from the group.

Current Masters holder Jamie Noon (Ardrossan) had enjoyed five wins in his group and would provide the toughest of tests in the semi-final.

Both players could barely be separated over the opening set and always looked destined for a tight affair; however, it would be the East Lothian bowler who would strike the first significant blow in the contest as he claimed the opening set 8-7.

Noon was never likely to shirk away from the challenge of the second set and so began another tight exchange of shots.

With one set to the good, Kennedy knew a drawn set would be enough to claim a place in the TV final later in the week.

That was to prove defining as the two players shared the spoils 5-5 in the second set, leaving Kennedy with a sets victory (1.5-0.5).

Kennedy will play Emily Houston (Paisley) in the televised final today (Thursday) at West Lothian Indoor Bowling Club. The players are expected on the carpet at 2.30pm, followed by the Scottish International Open Final.

Meanwhile, the East Lothian side maintained their 100 per cent start to their league campaign to set up a top-of-the-table clash this coming Saturday.

Expectations were high as the squad headed to Premier League newcomers East Kilbride at the weekend.

There was little to split the sides as the game reached the halfway point, the gap just four shots as the promoted team looked to cause an upset.

The talismanic figure of Alex Marshall enjoyed his last league outing as he secured a 21-16 victory; Scott Kennedy added to the positive East Lothian scoring as his rink ran out 21-18 winners, while a win, too, for Billy Mellors was more than enough to cover a single shot defeat for the rink of Derek Oliver. The final score was 76-62.

East Lothian welcome close rivals Midlothian to Meadowmill this week. With both sides unbeaten, it is sure to be a mouth-watering clash as the Premier League section takes shape.

Selectors have named the following team: Callum Darling, Chris Brock, Glenn Blair, Lewis Betts (skip). Andy Jeffrey, Kieran Dodds, Alan Young, Scott Kennedy (skip). Mark Johnston, Jamie Gordon, Jamie Higgins, Derek Oliver (skip). Mark Yuill, George Inglis, Aaron Betts, Billy Mellors (skip).