Midlothian gents have a big opportunity to ease their relegation zone concerns in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League with todays fixture being played at The Dalkeith Stadium and pitching them against fellow strugglers Alloa.Read More
Alloa arrive for their testing away match sitting on the second bottom rung two points ahead of Ayr and two points behind third placed Midlothian and face a home team that is beefed up by the return of Ronnie Duncan and Andy Caldwell. Midlothian are fantastically strong in the skip position with Duncan, David Peacock, Graeme Archer, and Colin Walker all enjoying major reputations in the theatre and arenas of World and International bowls. There is also a strength in depth that suggests that Midlothian should be fighting it out at the top end of the table, currently dominated by Falkirk, yet with just three more games to play their status as a premier league club is under threat. Ian Fleming and Keith Stables move to the reserve bench in a line up that reads; Rink 1. Scott Runciam, John Stevenson, Billy Peacock, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 2. Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 3. Ian Forbes, David Salkeld, AJ Knight, and Graeme Archer. Rink 4. Jack Macnab, Andy Caldwell, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Colin Walker. The league table reads, Falkirk 12, Blantyre 10, Bainfield 8, Midlothian 6, Alloa 4, Ayr 2.
Bainfield have the chance to move into a comfort zone position so would be doing themselves and Midlothian a great favour if winning away to Ayr.
East Lothian lead the field in the B Division of the Premier League and are favourites to stay in command of their own destiny at the expense of Paisley when the two clubs clash at The Alex Marshall Arena. Icon figure Alex Marshall MBE and reigning World Under 25 Singes Champion Joe Mower are significant absentees from todays line but Graham Robertson still captain a strong line that reads, Rink 1. Andy Jeffrey, Dean Riva, Dougie Berwick, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 2. Mark Johnston, Andy Burt, Willie Wood MBE, and Graham Robertson. Rink 3. Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Glen Blair, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Ross Thomson, SW Thomson, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver.
Balbardie are in a desperate position at the foot of the table but having defeated then joint leaders Ardrossan away in their last match could stir the waters against at home to joint second bottom visitors Aberdeen.
West Lothian bid to make it eight wins out of eight when the Division North leaders entertain foot of the table Headwell at Livingston.