EAST Lothian Indoor Bowling Club ladies’ side finally made their second appearance in their league section, writes Matt Osborne.

The ladies have found themselves sidelines following inclement weather, powercuts and national playdowns.

They were looking to build on an opening-day win at Bainfield and welcomed Teviotdale to Meadowmill, taking no time in opening a 10-shot lead in five ends.

The gap was to prove the measure for most of the afternoon as the home side held a 32-21 lead.

Beth Riva enjoyed a comfortable afternoon, seeing off Teviotdale veteran Julie Forrest 29-11.

Rink three saw Janet Fairnie in a tight affair but a strong finish from the visitors saw them claim a 26-19 win.

Yvonne Veitch held a three-shot lead at ends five, 10 and 15 in her battle with Joyce Dickey before stretching her legs over the last six ends to claim a 24-12 win and secure back-to-back wins for East Lothian in the section.

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Last weekend saw the Scottish singles playdowns take centre stage as Billy Mellors and Alan Young headed for Abbeyview on Saturday.

Young tackled Fraserburgh representative Scott Murray in the opening preliminary round.

A nervy start for both players saw Murray run out to an 11-6 lead.

Young settled in the match and started to execute his own renowned drawing game, scoring back-to-back ends and closing the gap to 11-9.

With an appealing reward of two shots, Young opted to run the jack to the ditch, only to see his effort rebound the jack out of the rink and losing a full count of four to trail 15-9.

The typically unphased Tranent man once again went back to his drawing game and brought the match back into grasp at 13-16.

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However, it was not to be as the Fraserburgh man saw out the game with a two, two and one finish.

Several hours later, Mellors tackled local player Alistair Nimmo, recording a quick win in a 21-7 victory to ensure he would return to Abbeyview in the morning to take on Aberdeen starlet Jak Miller.

Fate would see them drawn on the same rink as Young and again both players looked to struggle early doors to showcase their abilities, both having head-scratching moments in the opening exchanges.

Miller did settle the better and made strides to a 9-2 lead before Mellors responded with a trio of scoring ends.

Neither player managing to seal off heads meant space to draw was always available, Miller taking advantage and drawing the shot with his last bowl with Mellors lying four, four, two and two throughout the contest.

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The match appeared to be slipping, with the Aberdeen man leading 18-7.

A Mellors full house looked to lift proceedings at 18-11 before lying a three at the next end and a potential 14-18 scoreboard.

Miller once again drew the shot with his last to lead 19-11 in a body-blow to any East Lothian comeback. He claimed victory three ends later (21-12).

East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club gents return to league action this weekend as they make the short journey to Dalkeith to face league holders Midlothian.

In the highly anticipated contest, the selectors have named the following squad for the Saturday 2pm fixture: Jamie Higgins, Chris Brock, Scott Kennedy and Lewis Betts (Sk, Cap); Stuart Clark, Jamie Gordon, Alan Young and Dean Riva (Sk); Aaron Betts, Kieron Dodds, Danny Gormley and Derek Oliver (Sk); and Mark Johnston, Logan Kennedy, Danny Stevenson and Billy Mellors (Sk).