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The indoor bowls Scottish Cup campaign resumes this weekend and although opportunity knocks for the talented gents team of stars representing the Midlothian IBC banner their task against Blantyre in the semi final clash at Falkirk is a challenging one.Read More
Both teams competed in the recently completed A Division of The Premier League; both won their respective home games against each other while Blantyres second place finish to Falkirk was two points superior to third placed Midlothian. Both teams lost narrowly on their respective visit to Falkirk suggesting that todays clash at the neutral venue hangs in the balance with away form on the good side for both but not the strongest suit of either.
World stage star Ronnie Duncan returns from his recent travels to distant shores and will parade his exciting range of talents at skip in a re-alignment from team manager Frank Gray that allows him the luxury of utilising strong personality figure Billy Peacock as a forceful third. Duncan is joined as a returnee by stalwart campaigner David Salkeld and if there is a downside then it is the absence of talented young brothers Jamie and Jack Macnab. Rink 1. David Salkeld John Stevenson, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Colin Walker. Rink 2. Scott Runcian, Craig Hodge, Andy Caldwell, and Graeme Archer. Rink 3. Jim Cullen, AJ Knight, Billy Peacock, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 4. Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock (cpt).
Blantyre is always a force to be reckoned with in league and cup campaigns and recent engravings on The Scottish Cup tells the story of title glory in 2014 and 2012. Their main drivers are international figures Iain McLean, Jim McCann, and Brian Irvine. The other semi final features Falkirk against East Kilbride at Stirling.
Balbardie IBC are a surprise package in the semi final stage of the ladies Scottish Cup and having delivered a shock win over East Lothian in the previous round the Bathgate based club is optimistic about their chances against Aberdeen at East Fife today. Aberdeen were no great shakes in winning just three of their eight fixtures in the North Division of The Premier League however the statistic does read better than the one out of eight achieved by Balbardie in the East Division . Josie Bachini and Betty Johnston were prominent figures in the quarterfinal triumph however both are enforced absentees against Aberdeen and with Irene Horsburgh also missing the action the side does have a change of complexion.
Icon figure Margo Duff steps up to the plate in a time of need and comes in to fill the shoes of Bachini at skip while Catherine Lochran and Margaret Armstrong also enter the limelight. The re-configured Balbardie line up continues to include 13 year old Erin Fraser, international caps Lorraine Criag, Sharon Leitch, Angie Uttley, and reads, Rink 1. Nicole Flannigan, Lynn McDougall, Delia Flannigan, and Angie Uttley. Rink 2. Catherine Lochran, Helen Keys, Kim Ross, and Sharon Leitch. Rink 3. Margaret Armstrong, Nab Mitchell, Helen Wilson, and Lorraine Craig. Rink 4. Sarajane Wright, Erin Fraser, Margaret Scally, and Margo Duff. The other semi final features, Coatbridge against Auchinleck at Dumbarton.