Midlothian are sitting pretty at the top of the table in Section A of the indoor bowls Premier League and do so with a one hundred percent record following their latest success away to Lanarkshire making it an impressive four wins in a row.
The match was a top versus bottom clash and the stars from The Dalkeith Stadium piled on the misery for the home team with a start to finish supremacy that resulted in a substantial 25 shot victory (82-57) delivered by wins on three of the four rinks.
Billy Peacock and Colin Walker both chalked up double figure triumphs that were supported by a plus contribution from David Peacock while the only setback was a narrow one suffered by Sandy (AJ) Knight. “Teams don’t come to Lanarkshire expecting to dominate the scoring for the entire 21 ends as they represent first class opposition so it reflects a great team performance that we did that and also had their measure on all three phases”, said team manager Frank Gray.
Midlothian hit the ground running with a 9-1 domination of the first end and followed with an 8-1 score on the second that was highlighted by a mighty count of five for AJ Knight via an exciting ‘chap and lie’ take out by the skip. The visitors also punched the air on end five in celebration of a count of five for Colin Walker and it all contributed to the master scoreboard showing 33-15 in favour of Midlothian after completion of the first seven-end phase.
Things did get much tougher on the second phase with Lanarkshire showing improved form and it took the thrill of another hefty count of five – generated on end 10 by Billy Peacock – to secure a 25-21 edge for the visitors that gave them a match lead of 22. Midlothian were also unable to steam roll their opposition on the third and final phase but thanks to yet another mighty count of five – carded by Walker on end 21 – the visitors did well enough to climax their performance with a 24-21 edge.
Peacock (Billy) stood six nil up after two ends but then suffered a seven end drought however having limited his losses to singles only came strongly back into the game to skip Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell, and Danny McDougall to a 24-13 win over Sandy Hume.
Walker skipped Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell, and Colin Macfarlane into an encouraging 15-6 lead after 12-ends then led 19-9 after 17 but faced a touch of menace at 19-15 before finishing with 1, 5 to clinch a 25-15 win over John Simpson.
Peacock (David) was headed for a special performance when skipping Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill, and Craig Hodge into a 14-3 lead after nine ends then led 21-8 after 18 but a weaker finish saw them settle for a 21-13 win over Sandy Syme.
Knight and his rink of Ian Forbes (Captain), Drew Pearson, and Lindsay Plenderleith were defending an undefeated record and started well to lead 7-1 but in a game of several burnt ends – only 18 completed – slipped to a 16-12 defeat from Robert Gordon.