Midlothian gents survived a tough test against Lanarkshire at neutral venue Livingston to reach the quarterfinals stage of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup with a 6-4 points victory over their fellow premier league status opposition.Read More
Both clubs had finished third in their respective A and B top echelon league campaigns so an epic battle for supremacy was expected and although such heights were reached it was Midlothian that always held a slight edge.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Colin Walker and team captain David Peacock delivered 4 vital points that matched the 4 dropped by the defeat of Graeme Archer and Billy Peacock. The match aggregate score would settle what had developed into a gripping encounter and the victory salute from the Midlothian camp was triggered by a master scoreboard that flashed a final reading of 86-78 in favour of the stars from The Dalkeith Stadium. We were always being hard pressed by a keenly competitive opposition but worked our socks off to successfully defend the narrow shot margin advantage we had established from a strong start, reflected team manager Frank Gray.
Gray was referring to his Midlothian team producing an exciting first phase performance that resulted in a 42-28 domination of the opening seven-ends. The sizeable 14 shot advantage would have been even greater but for the morale boost Lanarkshire got from stealing a super count of six from Billy Peacock on end seven.
The Lanarkshire response on the second phase was typically spirited and their 36-24 supremacy rocked Midlothian back onto their heels particularly Billy Peacock and Archer who were outgunned 10-3 and 13-3 respectively. It took a mental strength of true grit for Midlothian to halt the momentum built up by their opposition and they delivered in match-winning style; but the third phase rink scores of 3-2, 6-3, 5-5, and 6-4 show just how knife-edged the climax was.
Walker didnt deliver a runaway victory; but with phase scores of 6-7, 12-6, 6-3 he skipped Jack Macnab, John Stevenson, and Lindsay Plenderleith to the beat return of the match, a 24-16 win over John Simpson.
David Peacock made an inspirational start to skip Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, and Scott Briggs into a 7-0 then 17-10 lead over George Prosser then traded on the seven shot cushion to contribute a 23-16 victory.
Archer and his rink of Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, and Ronnie Duncan started like a house on fire to have Richard Gordon at their 14-5 mercy however the flames of expectancy were extinguished by their collapse to a 23-22 defeat.
Billy Peacock skipped Jamie Macnab, Andy Caldwell, and AJ Knight into a 14-11 lead before a barren six end run turned the tables to 22-14 down and led to a 23-17 defeat from Robert Grant.