Midlothian ladies have notched up their fourth win in a row in the indoor bowls East Premier Division but their undefeated run was at some risk before the stars from the Dalkeith Stadium asserted their authority to clinch a 17 shot away win (86-69) over Abbeyview.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by Sandra McLeish, Shona Johnstone, and Anne Rutherford reflects a strong team performance on an away carpet and the only setback suffered was the narrow five shot defeat of Stacey McDougall. Our win was hard earned and well deserved as it tested our sharpness of focus and mental toughness under pressure commented spokeswoman Shona Johnstone who added,
We now sit two points clear at the top of the table ahead of East Lothian and the challenge facing us is to stay there and qualify for the playoff final. Johnstone pinpointed the timely run of 1, 5, 1, 1, 3 from Annie Rutherfords rink entering the third and final phase of the match as the major contribution towards keeping the home team in check. Rutherfords purple patch spell was supported by a 1, 3, 3, 3 acceleration by the Johnstone skipped rink while Sandra McLeish added to the game-changing period with a run of 2, 1, 2, 1.
Midlothian had been finding it difficult to establish a supremacy over the stubborn home side with the master scoreboard showing 50-49 in favour of the visitors after 13-ends however by the close of end 18 the aggregate was 76-58 and a comfort zone margin of 18. McLeish emerged the high flyer for Midlothian with the 36 times capped star in sparkling form to skip Sandra Muir, Pat Liddle, and Grace McGregor into an 18-4 lead then on to a 28-12 win over Louise Tran.
Johnstone held on from 18-9 to beat Val McGregor 19-16 while Rutherford included an early count of seven in her battling 25-22 win over Sheena Johnstone. McDougall was always against the collar in a 19-14 defeat from Ann Bernard.