Haddington set the tone in the Division 1 title race

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The East Lothian Bowling Association U27 team travel to Loanhead this Sunday, writes Matt Osborne.

The shortened format of four out of four rinks meant team manager John Henderson found himself with the unenviable task of excluding at least eight players from the league campaign.

He named the next squad for the 11am start at Loanhead for Sunday morning’s game against Midlothian.

The winners will play again in the afternoon (2 p.m.).

Team: Rory Glen (Elphinstone), Rhys French (Aberlady), Kieran Dodds (EL Co-op) and Danny Stevenson (EL Co-op); Beth Riva (Gifford), Jack Sands (EL Co-op), Calvert Alison (East Linton) and Robbie Shields (EL Co-op); Emma Blyth (Tranent), Robbie Buchanan (Tranent), Cammy Shaw (EL Co-op) and Dean Riva (Gifford); and Ewan Leith (Aberlady), Andrew Ferguson (Prestongrange), Sean Mackie (EL Co-op) and Dean French (Aberlady).

East Lothian seniors return to Matt Purdie (Over 60) on Monday when they host current title holders Edinburgh at East Lothian Co-op, with the game scheduled for a midday start.

Senior Commissioner Tommy Young has named the following starting lineup for the first group.

Team: JP Hamilton, G Baillie, N Cochrane and W Auld; C Yorkston, J McKeller, A Russel and D Arnot; P Fallen, J Murray, D Whitson and A Burt; D Pryde, R Veitch, K Fender and W Cormack; D Hogg, A Valentine, L Middler and T Young. Res: J Clydesdale, A Pringle and R Scott.

Premier League

Meanwhile Haddington continue to set the tone in Division 1, a 6-2 win over Tranent’s side leaving them six points clear at the top of the standings.

Port Seton can claim top spot with an 8-0 victory over East Linton in their postponed game.

Prestongrange and West Barns continued their impressive start to the season as they cemented their place in the top half of the table.

This week league leaders Haddington visit Prestongrange in the pick of the first half fixtures; Port Seton hosts Ormiston, while Tranent hosts Elphinstone.

Bottom sides East Linton and EL Co-op will look to get off the table foot with games against West Barns and Castlepark respectively.

Division two

Winton and Aberlady appear to have established an unassailable lead in Division 2 in their quest to return to the top flight.

Winton picked up another 8-0 win on their visit to Longniddry.

Aberlady ensured they kept up the pace by securing a 7-1 win at Dunbar.

Port Seton A and Tranent A seem to be the closest challengers, but find themselves at least two significant wins after throwing any challenge to the promotion pair.

Longniddry appears to be adrift at the bottom of the board, with East Linton A and EL Co-op A once again finding themselves on the wrong side of the board.

Aberlady and Winton continue their quest for promotion by hosting Longniddry and EL Co-op A respectively.

Tranent A will look to capitalize on any mistakes by hosting East Linton A, with Port Seton A and Prestongrange A battling it out on the same night.

Dunbar and Macmerry clash as they both look to distance themselves from the bottom three.

division three

North Berwick remain top of the Division 3 table, an 8-0 win over Dunbar A their last as they opened a five-point lead over Gifford.

Gifford themselves have a game in hand but against third-placed Cockburnspath.

Cockburnspath host North Berwick across the border in a first against third battle, while Gifford head down the Castlepark table as they remain focused on a return to Division Two.

Prestongrange B is best placed to take advantage as it heads to Haddington A this Friday.

division four

Athelstaneford are looking to have promotion within reach as they hold a huge 15-point lead over chaser Gullane in Division 4.

The pursuers are all separated by less than nine points.

Athelstaneford head for fourth-placed Pathhead and second-placed Gullane take on Castlepark B in the next round of matches.

Haddington B tackles Prestongrange C in a clash at the foot of the table.

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