Scotland cap dream comes true for Uttley

WEST Lothian star Angela Uttley is best known for her outdoor exploits at Balgreen where she reached the final of the Edinburgh Open Singles six times in a row, from 1998 to 2003.

Her record equalling four title victories included the first ever hat-trick since the event was established back in 1949, but the latest addition to her growing cv is indoor based having been selected to play for Scotland. Her debut caps comes in the Home International series at Prestwick next month where she lines up at second in the rink skipped by Agnes Melrose of Midlothian.

"Playing for my country has always been one of my goals, but I also considered it one of my wildest dreams so I am thrilled to bits," she said.

Uttley will have her West Lothian IBC club mates Linda Brennan and Margaret Russell for company with Commonwealth Games outdoor cap Russell on the reserve bench as a recall and Brennan making it 13 series in a row.

Melrose chalks up her tenth series while her club-mates Sandra McLeish and Jeanette Conlan make it nine and a record extending 20th respectively. However, the announcement of the 26-strong team brought disappointment for Midlothian’s Joyce Green and Lynda Gilzean plus Lorraine Malloy of West Lothian.

• EDINBURGH IBC stars Darren McKenny and Chris Downie will make their debut for Bainfield in the first round of the Finest Fours event at Falkirk tomorrow (2pm).

The Finest Fours isn’t an SIBA tournament so no rules are being broken allowing team manager John Bell to introduce the high-profile captures to a new set of team mates ahead of a possible transfer of allegiance depending on the fate of the EIBC venue.

Bell is deprived of several of his Premier League players but is confident of a result against Balbardie.

Portobello were going into this afternoon’s Scottish Cup preliminary round against Division 2 opposition Stonehaven at East Fife short of regulars Willie McDonald, John Storrier, John Shields and Gordon Bold.

Bainfield give Alan Trotter a cup debut and recall Graham Pringle and former club champion Barry Hill for the match against Fintry at Alloa.

East Lothian will be at full strength against Headwell at Bainfield while late call off Martin Stein may be replaced by his father Colin for Balbardie against Lochwinnoch at Castlemilk.

• AUSTRALIA’S Kelvin Kerkow boosted his ranking position and picked up the 10,000 first prize when he beat local star Robert Weale 10-2, 6-6 to stake his claim to the Warner Breaks Welsh International Masters title at Llanelli for a second successive year and the third time overall yesterday.