Midlothian ladies continue to soar upwards and onwards in their campaign to capture the playoff honours in the indoor bowls Premier Division East with their latest success over East Lothian making it five wins out of five and moving them four points clear at the top of the table.Read More
Dalkeith stadium was the venue for the emotionally charged top of the table clash between the two strongly formed neighbour clubs and Midlothian were hard pressed to stay close on the heels of the visitors over two keenly fought opening phases; but the home team dominated the third to register a 91-80 victory. Wins on the rinks skipped by Stacey McDougall and Annie Rutherford combined to put a plus of 34 into the Midlothian shot margin bank and that was the decisive factor in dwarfing the 23 shot setback suffered by Shona Johnstone and Sandra McLeish..
The phase scoring paints a picture of East Lothian making a determined start to edge the first seven-ends, 34-29, and also put up a strong show in their 25-24 loss of the second. The master scoreboard showing 58-54 in theyre favour entering the final straight.
The game-changing swing in Midlothians favour came in the shape of a spectacular purple patch spell from McDougall who whipped up a whirlwind finishing run of 2, 1, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4 that saw her double her shots tally from 16 to 32. The end result was McDougall and her front-three of Lorna Goldsmith, Alison Plenderleith, and May Brownlee storming to a 32-8 win having started there match well to lead 9-0 then never looking back against Beth Riva, Muriel Hamilton, Irene Gray and Margaret Thomson.
Rutherford game good with a 13-1 acceleration over the final six ends to skip Dorothy Millar, Charlene Williamson, and Annette Wilson to a 26-18 win over Yvonne Veitch. Johnstone lost a five at the last in a 28-16 defeat from Emma Logan while McLeish was outgunned 28-17 by Lauren Baillie. Balbardie suffered an 80-68 defeat at home to East Fife. League Table : Midlothian 10; East Lothian 6; East Fife 6; Balbardie 2; Abbeyview 0.