DEE Hoggan, Danny Stevenson and Aaron Betts helped lead Scotland to victory over Ireland at the weekend.

The test match was due to be played over two days at the National Centre for Bowling in Ayr. However, poor weather on Sunday saw the event cut short in the final session.

Scotland took a commanding 38-22 win over the two days.

On Saturday, Hoggan, of Tranent, was unbeaten as Scotland’s Ladies did not lose a single game across the three sessions.

In the first session, she teamed up with Natalie McWilliams for a 34-6 win over Zoe Stratton and Zoe Minish before again partnering with McWilliams and Megan Grantham in the triples to win 16-13 against Sophie McIntyre, Mia Patterson and Lara Reaney.

Finally, in the third session, Hoggan defeated Stratton 21-14.

Also on Saturday, Stevenson and Betts were part of the Scottish fours – alongside Mark O’Hagan and Neil Speirs – who won 20-8 against Aaron Tennant, Robert Kirkwood, Stephen Kirkwood and Mark Wilson.

In the second session, Stevenson defeated Stephen Kirkwood 21-18 in the singles while Betts, O’Hagan and James Hogg were victorious 20-10 against Ryan McElroy, Robert Kirkwood and Jack Moffett.

Finally, Stevenson, Betts, Hogg and Speirs defeated Tennant, Stephen Kirkwood and Richard and Shane Leonard 23-6.

On Sunday, Hoggan defeated Zoe Stratton 21-6 before losing out with Grantham and McWilliams to Patterson, Minish and Reaney 21-18.

Stevenson, Speirs and Andy Dunnett were 17-13 winners over Robert Kirkwood, Richard Leonard and Stephen Kirkwood while Betts, Darren Weir, O’Hagan and Hogg lost to McElroy, Tennant, Shane Leonard and Mark Wilson 18-12.

In the second session, Stevenson was a 21-14 winner over Robert Kirkwood and, finally, Betts teamed up with Weir and O’Hagan but lost to Richard and Shane Leonard and Stephen Kirkwood 23-8.

Meanwhile, this season’s McKellar Top 5 culminates this weekend as the semi-final and final takes place on Sunday, writes Matt Osborne.

The competition sees five singles players represent their club in a first-to-three-wins competition.

West Barns tackle Haddington in the first semi-final at Aberlady BC while Port Seton take on Tranent in the other semi-final at Haddington BC. The ties are scheduled for a noon start.

Both winners will meet in the final at Haddington BC for a scheduled 3pm start.

The winner will go on to represent East Lothian in the national competition next season.

Last year’s winners and current East Lothian holders Haddington begin their quest for the national title away from home against the Stewartry district winners next Sunday (July 23).

The draw means Haddington will have to claim the title without having a home tie for the entirety of their national journey.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Port Seton and EL Co-op remain the front runners for the Division One title.

Port Seton remain in top spot following an 8-0 win away at Elphinstone. Their nearest rivals EL Co-op remain hot on their heels after a 6-2 win over West Barns.

Haddington have propelled themselves back into league contention with back-to-back 8-0 wins over West Barns and East Linton respectively.

In a tightly congested mid-table, five teams are all separated by just a single win.

Port Seton welcome bottom club Winton tomorrow (Friday), while EL Co-op will look to avenge their first home defeat at the hands of Tranent in the local derby.

Ormiston continue their push for an immediate return to the top flight – they hold a 15-point advantage over third-placed Port Seton A in Division 2.

Macmerry are chasing promotion to Division One for the first time in two decades and sit second with a 10-point cushion.

Ormiston head to EL Co-op A tomorrow (Friday), while Macmerry host Tranent A at the same time. Port Seton A visit bottom side North Berwick looking to keep pace at the top of the table.

Following Stenton’s withdrawal from Division Three, results against them have been voided as per the league rules.

Athelstaneford remain top of the table and hold a five-point lead over Haddington A in the race for promotion. Castlepark A and Prestongrange B remain firmly in the hunt for a top-two finish.

This week, Athelstaneford can separate themselves from the pack as they host Dunbar A, while the visitors can put themselves right in the mix for promotion with a win.

Haddington A and Prestongrange B meet in a promotion four-pointer, with the winner claiming at least second spot heading for the last seven games of the season.

Finally, Division Four looks to be a three-horse race to the finish line.

Pathhead, Aberlady A and Ormiston A are all narrowly separated, with Ormiston A having the slight advantage of a game in hand.

The top two meet this week in the pick of the fixtures. Ormiston will be looking to take advantage as they head to Gullane A.

West Barns A can thrust themselves into top-of-the-table contention this week as they welcome Castlepark B for this Friday’s fixture.