Recently crowned British Isles Pairs Champions, namely Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker are back in domestic action this weekend as members of the formidable Midlothian team tackling Falkirk at Perth in the quarterfinals of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup.
Midlothian have etched their name on the coveted silverware on four occasions but the last time was back in season 2004 so there is high hopes at the Dalkeith Stadium that 2015 will bridge the long gap and also bring high value compensation for an unlucky premier league campaign. The league campaign saw Midlothian win seven out of ten games to finish joint top of the A section with Blantyre but miss out on the playoff final on shot difference while Falkirk competed in the B section and won four out of ten to finish in fourth place. “Falkirk are an able team so we won’t be underestimating the danger they represent to us but we have four excellent skips giving our team a strong back bone and the hope is that the club winning three British Isles titles brings an extra boost to our morale”, said team manager Frank Gray. Gray has named the following team,
Rink 1. Colin Cook, Ian Fleming, Colin MacFarlane, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Jack Macnab, Kevin McDougall, Davy Munro, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 3. Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, AJ Knight, and Colin Walker. Rink 4. Neil Watson, Lindsey Plenderleith, Andy Caldwell, and David Peacock (cpt).
East Lothian’s form in the second half of the season has been seriously impressive and the record six times cup winners entertain high hopes of celebrating what would be hailed as ‘a magnificent seventh’ especially as a place in the semi finals looks likely. The elite stars from ‘The Garden County’ will be on a familiar carpet at Falkirk IBC for their quarterfinal match against Cumbernauld opposition that does have credible cup form but a poor league record as a middle of the table Division 2 club.
West Lothian have also progressed to the Last 8 stage and having just eliminated premier league champions Paisley the five times cup champions should prove much too strong for Division 2 opponents Stirling at Fintry. The remaining tie features two premier league clubs in the shape of Blantyre against Lanarkshire at Coatbridge.