Lanarkshire South will bid to maintain their 100% record in the Scottish Cities & Counties Championship when they take on Edinburgh & Leith at Montrose today with the prestigious Andrew Hamilton Trophy at stake, writes Anne Dunwoodie. They were the only side to achieve the feat through seven weeks of sectional play and went on to see off Northern Counties by a 72-shot margin in the quarter-finals before edging out West Lothian by an 11-shot margin in the semis. Edinburgh & Leith suffered their only defeat, by two shots, against West Lothian but won the section, then accounted for Lanarkshire West and Dumfriesshire in the knock-out stages.
Lanarkshire have been finalists 14 times since the first event in 1939 – they have won 12 times – and have three successes, in 2006, '08 and '10, while Edinburgh & Leith contested eight of the first 10 finals, winning four, and chalking up four further wins since, most recently against Dumfrieshshire in 2001. Lanarkshire will be bidding for a double celebration tomorrow when their under-25 side faces Grampian for the National League title at Houldsworth at 2pm.
n The top six players on the World Bowls Tour rankings will be in Strathaven today for an international singles event to mark the village club's 150th anniversary celebrations. The Scottish quartet of Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, David Gourlay and Darren Burnett will be joined by England's Greg Harlow and Mervyn King, as well as the current Scottish champion Mark Kelsey. Tom Forsyth, the ex Rangers and Scotland defender, will compete along with local club champions Scott Forrest, Gregg McHolm and Grant Hamilton, local favourite Colin Sommerville, host club champions Douglas Ballantyne and Aileen Scott and Atlantic gold medallists Margaret Letham and Claire Johnstone in a 24-player field. Group stages and quarter-finals will be played today, with semis and finals coming under the hammer tomorrow from 11am.
Two of Scotland's brightest prospects are set to battle it out for the Under 23 cross country title at the British Championships in Berkshire tomorrow, writes Colin Renton. Kenta Gallagher will be looking to build on two recent top 10 finishes in World Cup events, while his Boardman Bikes team mate and British Cycling Academy colleague Grant Ferguson has been performing well on the roads and has earned a reputation for delivering his best efforts on big occasions. Scots also feature among the contenders for several other of the 17 titles which are up for grabs.
Motherwell's Ross Kellett, who scored his first pro win a week ago today, rose to the challenge of beating the second-round cut in this week's Alps Tour event in Madrid with a brilliant bogey-free round of eight-under 63, 10 shots better than his first-day score, writes Colin Farquharson. He ended the day in third place on six-under 136, three shots behind the leader, Englishman Andrew Cooley. Kellett had five birdies in a row from the fourth in an outward half of 31 and he picked up the birdie trail again on the inward half with sub-par figures at the 10th, 14th and 18th for 32 home.
Braehead Clan have re-signed the Canadian Bobby Chaumont who spent last season with Fort Wayne Komets who won the Central Hockey League play-offs, writes Nigel Duncan. He collecting at least a point a game, scoring 24 goals and recording 42 assists for Komets while, in his first season with Clan, he scored 22 goals and 31 assists. Jordan Krestanovich, the new Clan player/coach, said: "I've been talking to him since I took the job. He is a big strong power forward who skates very well."
The annual Home International match, hosted by Wales on the new course on Cardiff Bay today, will feature a full Scotland team with classes for senior and junior men and women, including the adaptive single scullers Graeme Stewart from Loch Lomond and anglo-Scot Caroline MacDonald from Tees, writes Mike Haggerty. The 31 junior athletes and 22 seniors in the Scottish team are drawn from 18 clubs, and six of them contested last weekend's World Under-23 Championships, including Andrew Holmes, the former world junior champion from Castle Semple, who took bronze. Several others were in British Championship action, including the all-conquering women's four from Aberdeen Schools, who look likely to finish their successful season with another couple of wins.
Tony Wright, a former New Zealand Under-19 rugby union cap, is expected to make his Scotland A debut against England in Falkirk today at the age of 38, writes Roddy Mackenzie. He has played union in Scotland for 15 years but now captains Ayrshire Storm league side and is a substitute. He is one of five uncapped players in the squad. Exiles backs Alex Stevens and Finn Lamont came through the trials, and Edinburgh Eagles' winger Calum Anderson is named, with Leeds Rhinos academy product Callum Boyle.
Beauly aim to shake off their underdog status today in the Balliemore Cup final against Lochaber at Strathpeffer, writes Kenneth Stephen. Stephen MacLean and Ian Morrison's side know face one of the sport's form teams: the only sides to have beaten Michael Delaney's Lochaber are Newtonmore and Kingussie, both from the league above. Lochaber have also contested one major national final already this year, the televised Co-operative MacTavish Cup final in June where they lost to the champions Newtonmore.
Beauly, who lost the final at home to Bute in 2006, have been training three times a week and their president, David Calder, said: "The mood is good, but we are realistic. They beat us 5-0 [Scotland man Sean Nicolson scored a hat trick] in the league but the scoreline was not an accurate reflection [of the play], and we beat them when they were going for the title last year."