PORT Seton are the early pacesetters in East Coast Carpets Division One after racing out of the blocks in the first week of the season, writes Matt Osborne.

They picked up an impressive +38 shot 8-0 win over East Linton and were joined in opening day victories by West Barns, EL Co-op, Elphinstone and Aberlady.

West Barns were nearly as impressive as they won 7-1 away to last season’s high-flyers Prestongrange.

Haddington found themselves on the wrong side of a 6-2 scoreline at the hands of EL Co-op as they suffered a rare home defeat.

A new-looking Elphinstone squad claimed a 6-2 win away at newly promoted Winton, while Aberlady claimed the spoils in a 5-3 win away to Tranent to round off week one.

Ormiston and Castlepark met on week one of Division Two, with both sides looking to bounce straight back to the top flight.

Ormiston claimed a 5-3 win away from home to put their best foot forward in the new campaign.

Prestongrange A claimed a 6-2 win away at promoted North Berwick, while Macmerry won the local derby against EL Co-op A 6-2.

Cockburnspath versus Tranent A and Dunbar against Port Seton A both ended in 4-4 draws.

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In Division Three, Port Seton B claimed their second 8-0 win of the league campaign, claiming a +17 shot 8-0 against Prestongrange B.

Gifford picked up a 6-2 win over Macmerry A, Castlepark A saw off the challenge of last year’s title challengers Haddington A 6-2, while Athelstaneford made a winning return to the division, defeating Stenton 6-2 at home.

East Linton A were the other opening-night winners, with a home 6-2 win over Longniddry.

Finally, Pathhead began their quest to reach Division Three with an 8-0 win away at new side Tranent B in the bottom tier.

Gullane claimed maximum points away at Haddington B, while Gullane A enjoyed a 6-2 win at home to Dirleton.

Aberlady A won the battle against Castlepark B 6-2, while West Barns A claimed maximum points away at Prestongrange C.

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Meanwhile, the first county game of the season takes place at EL Co-op on Sunday (May 7).

The East Lothian under-25s’ team tackle close rivals Midlothian in the season opener.

Team: Callum Henderson, Lucy Hogg, Cameron Shaw and Dean Riva; Daryl Grieve, Sam Niven, John Clark and David Young; Melissa Penman, Luke Cowan, Rory Glen and Robbie Shields; Emma Blyth, Daniel Gillies, Logan Kennedy and Kieran Dodds; Zoe Whellans, Cameron Pryde, Robbie Buchanan and Stewart Johnston; and Logan Shields, Chloe McMillan, Lennon Rafferty and Sean Mackie.

Danny Stevenson and Beth Riva miss out as both have been successful in their application for the national squad and have been selected for trial on the same day at the national centre for bowling in Ayr.