LOTHIANS lost 10-8 to Northumberland in an annual friendly played at Prestonfield.
The hosts were always playing catch-up after losing three out of the top four morning matches, a series they lost 4-2.
It was a ding-dong affair in the afternoon singles, with Liberton youngster Anthony Blaney and Musselburgh’s Benn McLeod both delivering fine wins for Lothians in the top half of the order.
Experienced campaigners Mark Timmins and Steven Armstrong also won their matches, as did Michael Bacigalup.
But defeats for West Lothian duo Craig Deerness and Gary Corrigan at the bottom of the order saw the visitors come out on top on this occasion.
Foursomes: A Dick and A Blaney lost to R Hayhoe and S Heads 5 and 3; R Noon and B McLeod bt J Storey and E Wilson two holes; N Henderson and K Nicholson lost to M Coup and M Lamb one hole; M Timmins and L Morgan lost to A Minnikin and S Wakenshaw 4 & 3; S Armstrong and M Bacigalipo bt S Twynholm and G Jobling 4 and 3; G Corrigan and C Deerness lost to A Gibson and B Lee one hole.
Singles: Dick lost to Hayhoe 2 and 1; Blaney bt Storey 5 and 4; McLeod bt Heads 2 and 1; Noon lost to Wilson 3 and 2; Henderson halved with Coup; Nicholson lost to Minnikin 3 and 2; Timmins bt Wakenshaw 5 and 4; Morgan halved with Morgan; Armstrong bt Lamb 3 and 1; Bacigalupo bt Jobling 2 and 1; Deerness lost to Gibson 4 and 3; Corrigan lost to Lee 4 and 3.