David Peacock has won the coveted singles championship title at Midlothian IBC for a record extending eighth time having just made it on the nod in a thrilling 21-20 victory over six times winner Colin Walker.
The final played in front of a large crowd at the Dalkeith Stadium lasted 24-ends in what was an epic confrontation between the 1996 Scottish champion (Peacock) and the two times national runner up (Walker in 2008 and 2011). Both players are icon figures in Midlothian circles having achieved recognition at international level with the Peacock cv including 42 caps and that of Walker 30. Walker set the final ablaze with a scorching count of three on the opening end but the response from Peacock was spectacular in the shape of a blistering run of 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3 that powered him into a 12-3 lead. Walker arrested his alarming slide with a count of two then introduced a short jack length that resulted in an extended purple patch spell of 2, 3, 1 (1), 1, 3, 1, 1 that transformed the score 17-13 in his favour having disturbed the Peacock rhythm to a game-changing degree. Peacock is of course no stranger to answering questions under pressure and the 2014 commonwealth games gold medallist fired up the temperature of the final with an exciting 2, 1, 2, 1fight back to regain the initiative at 19-17. The thrilling climax that had always looked in prospect was ensured when Walker bounced back with counts of 2 and 1 on ends 21 and 22 to bring the title into his pin sharp focus at 20-19 up.
Walker produced a jack-high toucher with his lead bowl on end 23 but the potential title-clincher didn’t make it onto the card as Peacock kept his hopes alive by burning the head with an explosive destroyer of a strike. The replayed end brought more heartbreak to Walker as his brave attempt to protect yet another title winning hold was just a touch overbold resulting in the jack being moved sufficiently to gift a single to Peacock. Peacock had resisted the temptation to add a second shot for the game and having settled for 20-20 going into end 24 and reaped his reward in the shape of a snorker of a first bowl that Walker tried to beat with four attempts but failed to do so. “To be honest this was a real cliff-hanger that could have gone either way and I am sure will enter the folklore of the stadium”, reflected Peacock.
The final of the Ladies Singles was an entertaining 22-end affair that saw Scotland full cap Gaynor Duncan tested by underdog Val Gray but come up with enough right answers to score a 21-16 victory. Gray settled exceptionally well to dominate the opening five ends and lead 8-0 but Duncan exploded on the scene with the help of a full house count of 4 then a magic count of three on end 12 saw her hit the front at 13-11. The destination of the title remained in the melting pot until end 22 when with a lead of 19-16 Duncan carded two excellent drawn shots to reach the 21-mark.