David Peacock is now reigning as the Singles Champion of Midlothian IBC for a record extending ninth time having captured the coveted crown at the 21-19 expense of fellow iconic figure Colin Walker in a magnificent final that attracted a large crowd to The Dalkeith Stadium.
The head to head between two international stars of proven records produced a thrilling 28-end encounter that lasted a marathon three hours and held the packed stadium spellbound as the final outcome went right down to the wire.
“The unanimous after match view is that the final was of epic proportions and being spoken of as the best ever singles match seen at the Dalkeith Stadium – both players played brilliantly and it is a pity that there had to be a loser”, commented spokesman Frank Gray.
The destination of the title was very much in the melting pot after 20-ends played with the master scoreboard flashing a 15-15 deadlock that held more significance for Peacock as the 46 year old defending champion had recovered from 15-9 down. Having, marginally, been mostly against the collar it was a galvanising moment for Peacock when he added double at end 21 to lead 17-15; but six battling ends later the match temperature remained sky high with 40 year old Walker carding a single to stay bang in contention at 20-19 down. The whole stadium held its breath as end 28 developed in cliff-hanging style then erupted in appreciation of the match-winning single edged in a nail-biting climax by Peacock to give him back to back title triumphs. Walker was going for his seventh club championship title and also bidding to reverse the outcome of the 2015 final. “The extra bonus for the winner is entry into next season’s Scottish Singles and that is a prize of major proportions. It was a fantastic game to be part of and it feels great to have won but the pendulum could just as readily swung Colin’s way”, reflected Peacock.
The final of the ladies Singles was also a corker that added an extra dimension of interest to the spectators that had flocked to the popular Dalkeith venue and the outcome of a 19-end battle was a 21-14 win for Stacey McDougall. McDougall stole an early match on fellow cap and six times Midlothian champion Sandra McLeish having exploded into a 15-5 lead after nine ends; but found herself coming under late pressure with her opponent closing to 16-13. But the leader answered the test of menace with a timely double to 18 then answered the loss of a single with a 2, 1 finish that clinched her a second championship honour.