Midlothian gents have reached the halfway stage of their indoor bowls Premier League campaign and with four wins out of five they sit joint top with Blantyre and two points ahead of Edinburgh challengers Bainfield.Read More
Having lost an epic encounter at home to Blantyre by a frustrating 2 shots the stars from the Dalkeith Stadium re-found their cutting edge in front of their own support to inflict severe 55 shot damage (122-67) on a Bainfield team that were losing only for the second time.
Midlothian entered that recent match without the services of the influential Peacock brothers Billy and David but overcame that loss of skill/personality/charisma to great effect with winning performances on all four rinks. These wins delivered by skips Danny McDougall, Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, and Graeme Archer reflected a strong team performance that enjoyed scoring supremacy on 50 of the 84 ends played.
The outcome never in doubt with Midlothian making a flying start to capture the first seven-end phase, 44-17, then dominating the second, 39-20, and to a lesser degree the third, 39-30. McDougall stirred the blood of the home support with an opening blitz of 2, 4, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 to skip Jamie Macnab, Liam McKay, and Jim Cullen into a 15-0 lead then later counts of 7, 6, and 5 produced a 40-16 decimation of Neil Watson, Colin tenant, Kevin Tennant, and the luckless James Hogg. Duncan matched the super-charged start of McDougall with a run of 4, 1, 1, 3, 1, 5 to skip Colin Cook, AJ Knight, and Scott Briggs into a 15-0 lead over Paul ODonnell then converted that authority into a substantial 32-10 victory.
Walker was quick out of the blocks with a first end count of 5 but was 11-10 down before picking up the pace with Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, and Dougie Russell to score a hard earned 29-23 win that included further counts of 5 at ends 11 and 19. Archer skipped Craig Hodge, Andy Caldwell, and Lindsay Plenderleith into a 13-6 lead over Robert Marshall then stayed on to cross the line a 21-18 winner. The A Section league table after five games reads, Blantyre 8 (+104), Midlothian 8 |(+92), Lanarkshire 6 (+53), Bainfield 6 (-58), Coatbridge 2 (-79), Cumbernauld 0 (-112).
Meanwhile, The form of the gents of Balbardie IBC continues to disappoint with the distressing formline of five straight defeats resulting in them being stranded on the bottom rung in Division1 South. he latest result of the Bathgate based team is a foot of the table 89-77 away defeat at Inverclyde and the prospects getting off the mark in this weekends visit to undefeated table toppers West Of Scotland look grim indeed.