Midlothian gents marched into the second round of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup with a commanding 8-2 points victory over West of Scotland at East Kilbride with wins on three rinks supported by an aggregate supremacy of 91-58.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by Ronnie Duncan and Billy Peacock were hard fought battles; but the shot margin bank of plus 33 was the reward of a strong scales tipping performance from Colin Walker.
Walker and his rink raced out of the starting blocks to achieve a 14 shot lead after 11-ends then sustained the pressure on their opposition to win by 23 and in doing so create a comfort zone of sorts for the other three rinks. Whilst the aggregate score only captures two of the 10 points up for grabs that particular bonus always looked destined for the Midlothian tally with the stars from The Dalkeith Stadium hitting the lids to race into a 30-15 lead on the first seven-end phase.
Formbook expectations that the giants of the Premier League would go on and crush their Division 2 opponents didnt materialise on the middle phase with Midlothian hard pushed to edge it by three shots (27-24) however normal services was soon resumed in the shape of a 34-19 domination of the third.
West of Scotland did manage to spill some Midlothian blood and it was of royal vintage with team captain and icon figure David Peacock the high profile casualty along with his front-three of Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, and Scott Briggs.
Peacock and Co did go down fighting however having surrendered a 13-7 lead to be crossed 17-15 then battling back to regain the upper-hand at 18-17 before put dramatically to the sword by the loss of a double on the last end. (18-19). Walker emerged the hero for Midlothian and in swashbuckling style as he skipped Jack Macnab, John Stevenson, and Lindsay Plenderleith into a 10-1 lead after seven ends then a later run of 1, 4, 3, 1 stamped their authority on a 30-7 victory. Duncan trailed 7-4 after three ends but the star of the world stage zipped to 16 by skipping Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, and Sandy (AJ) Knight on a run of 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1, 2 then traded well enough on the margin to clinch a 21-16 victory.
Billy Peacock made the biggest impression on his game with the carding of a super six on end 15 to skip Andrew Caldwell, David Salkeld, and James Cullen into a 17-12 lead then won four of the remaining six ends to enjoy a 22-16 triumph.