Midlothian gents bid to escape from the dangers of the relegation zone in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League received a welcome boost with the teams 23 shot victory (80-57) away to fellow strugglers Ayr.Read More
Three wins out of six isnt a great statistic for a strongly formed team expected to be challenging for top of the table honours however in terms of safety first it puts Midlothian level with Bainfield and four points ahead of Ayr and Alloa.
Ace skips David Peacock and Graeme Archer returned to a Midlothian line up that was missing the services of star figure Ronnie Duncan who is currently part of the Scotland outdoor team challenging for World Championship titles in New Zealand.
Peacock produced the major headline performance at Ayr with a spectacular contribution from the team captain supported by a narrow win on the rink skipped by his older brother Billy. The wins from the Peacock brothers combined to produce a shot margin bank of 28 that dwarfed the narrow losses suffered by Archer and Walker.
Playing in the compact Ayr stadium was a first time experience for most of the Midlothian team so the setting down challenge was a testing one that was encouragingly handled in the shape of a single shot deficit (22-21) on the first seven-end phase. The visitors stepped up a gear on the second phase and that resulted in a 28-16 acceleration that put them into the lead then control of the driving seat was firmly secured by a 31-19 supremacy on the race to the finishing line.b We led most of the way but never reached a comfort zone and there was only 10 shots in it after 17 of the 21 ends played so this was a hard earned victory that represents a good away performance reflected team manager Frank Gray.
Peacock (David) was captain marvel in the opening stages as he skipped Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge, and Scott Briggs into an inspiring 16-2 lead after nine ends against Jim Cuthbertson. It is a tough ask to maintain such a dominant pace so it is greatly to the credit of the 42 times capped Peacock and his merry men that they also whipped up a whirlwind finish of 4, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1 to storm to a 32-8 victory. Peacock (Billy) skipped Scott Runcian, David Salkeld, and John Stevenson into a 16-9 lead; but came under testing pressure at 16-16 before conjuring up a magic 1, 3 finish to beat Jim Seaton, 20-16.
Archer and his rink of Andy Caldwell, Keith Stables, and Sandy (AJ) Knight were well placed at 12-7 up; but a 1, 1, 2, 2, 1 cave in on the run in cost them a 14-12 defeat from Stuart Wyllie. Walker and his front-three of Jack Macnab, Ian Fleming, and Lindsay Plenderleith looked set for a drubbing at 19-6 down to Colin Smith after 17-ends however an exciting fight back run of 3, 2, 1, 4 to lose 19-16 was a vital contribution to the match result.