Midlothian gents banished any threat of suffering relegation blues in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League having escaped the nerve-jangling zone with a tremendous team performance that put Bainfield to the sword in a magnificently fought battle for supremacy.Read More
Bainfield were the host club and by virtue of that the slight favourites to win against a depleted Midlothian side however the final outcome was an 11 shot victory (73-62) for the visitors with the major reward being continuation of the clubs premier league status. Both teams entered the match locked on the same points total and sitting on the fringe of the relegation ladder with Ayr and Alloa occupying the lower rungs and it became a major bonus for Bainfield that both strugglers lost their penultimate fixture. The table after nine of the 10 fixtures played making good reading for The Edinburgh Elite as it reads; Blantyre 14, Falkirk 14, Midlothian 10, Bainfield 8, Ayr 4, Alloa 4.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Billy Peacock and Colin Walker tipped the scales in favour of a Midlothian team that saw their icon team captain David Peacock held to a peel and his fellow world stage colleague Graeme Archer suffer a losing return to the club of his formative years. Manager Frank Gray was as proud as punch at his teams victory saying Given the circumstances of a depleted line up Bonnyrigg Rose playing Hibernian just a few hundred yards down the road from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium – and the high stakes for both clubs at the outset I thought the focus and spirit shown by our players was fantastic.
The headline star of an epic battle emerged in the shape of Billy Peacock who was a rock solid anchor that steadied a Midlothian ship that encountered rough waters in a first seven-phase that saw Bainfield sail into a 25-18 lead. Midlothian managed to stem and turn the tide with a 29-20 capture of the second phase then cruised to a 26-17 supremacy on the third albeit they had to keep paddling like mad to keep Bainfield at bay on that final phase.
A highlight of Billy Peacock skipping Neil Murray, David Salkeld, and Sandy (AJ) Knight to a 19-8 win over Kevin Tennant, Dave McNair, Alex Hurry and James Hogg was strong defensive play that kept his losses down to eight single shots. His phase scoring was, 5-4, 7-2, 7-2. Walkers best spell was a 10-6 return on the middle phase in game that saw him skip Andy Caldwell, Jimmy Cullen, and Lindsay Plenderleith from 13-9 down to a 24-18 win over Mark McIntosh, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Robert Marshall.
David Peacock only completed 19 of the 21 ends and won nine of them as he skipped Ian Forbes, Keith Stables, and Scott Briggs to a 16-16 peel in an exciting tit for tat battle with Steven Stewart, Alan Brown, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith.
The return of Graeme Archer to his native hunting ground generates great excitement and anticipation but his magic at skip to Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, and John Stevenson wasnt enough to avoid a 20-14 defeat from Steven Pilley, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell.