Midlothian have reached the semi final stage of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup but their quarterfinal passage against fellow premier league club Falkirk was a precarious one with the 81-72 outcome always in doubt as the match was played on a tightrope situation from start to finish.Read more
It was wins for the rinks skipped by Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, and Billy Peacock that carried the day for Midlothian and with team captain David Peacock the only skip to suffer defeat the result seems a fair one. “We only showed ahead on the major scoreboard once over the first seventeen ends so we were against the collar all of that time and it reflects well on the team effort that they stayed focused and able to put in a strong finish” described team manager Frank Gray. It was end 18 before the pendulum swung in Midlothian’s favour and the catalyst for a 9-2 score across the carpet was a mighty count of 5 carded by Duncan as the result of a brilliant trail conversion that sparked great jubilation in the Dalkeith camp. “It was Ronnie’s second major moment of his match as he had breathed life into our overall challenge on end 15 when firing an opposition bowl out of the head for a five shot reward that earned us a 58-58 peel on the major scoreboard” added Gray. End 19 was another significant game-changer with all four rinks contributing to a 6-0 clean sweep – the first of the match – that pushed Midlothian into a 10 shot lead and it was successfully defended in a tension filled climax. Falkirk were particularly well served by former East Lothian star Steven Glen with the extremely talented Scotland cap in the words of Frank Gray “ serving up a sublime performance as the opposition skip to David Peacock. The first of the three seven-end phases showed Falkirk up in a good light and great value for their 28-20 capture of it then it was much to the credit of Midlothian that they turned the tables 32-25 in their favour on the second. The third and final phase produced a rip-roaring climax with four ends lost to the time bell by which time Midlothian had served up a match-winning 29-19 finish. Peacock (David) and his rink of Neil Watson, Lindsey Plenderleith, and Andy Caldwell were in dire straights at 21-3 down after 10-ends but showed strong nerve in the second half to limit the damage to a 24-13 defeat from Glen. Duncan skipped Jamie Aitken, Jack Macnab, and Kevan McDougall into a battling 11-8 lead after 12-ends then inspired by a run of 1, 1, 5 to 18-8 retained control to score a 25-13 victory over Steven Allan. Walker and his front-three of Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, and David Munro carded a 5 at end eight to lead 11-4 but tumbled to 17-15 down before exploding to 23 with a blitz run of 3, 3, 2 and finished 23-19 winners over Jim McHutchison. Peacock (Billy) made an encouraging start to skip Colin Cook, Ian Fleming, and Colin MacFarlane into an 8-3 lead after eight ends then faced with a menacing challenge at 17-16 answered with a 2, 1 finish to beat Gary Flynn, 20-16. Sandy (AJ) Knight was a late call-off resulting in junior cap Jamie Aitken being called in while the Midlothian camp is thrilled that the two 15-year olds in their team, namely Jack Macnab and Paul Innes, put in strong performances.