Bainfield gents came close to capturing two unexpected win points at Midlothian in fixture number four of their Premier Division A indoor bowls campaign but the Edinburgh Elite were denied the fruits of victory by former icon figure Graham Archer.Read More
Archer has returned to these shores after a period parading his skills in Australia but the richly skilled son of the capital city has opted to play under the Midlothian banner and turned in a winning performance in their hard fought 86-76 victory over his former colleagues. Given the 10 shot margin of the final result it is painful for the Hutchison Crossway Stadium faithful to read that their one time club captain carded 11 vital shots against them as he skipped his rink to a storming finishing run of 1, 4, 3, 2, 1. Archer and his front-three of Colin Cook, Scott Runciman, and Danny McDougall, in an eventful confrontation, had made a slow start on their home carpet to be outscored 9-2 after nine ends by Colin Hutchison and his rink of Daniel Gormley, Tam ebbs, and Craig Paterson.
End 10 produced one of the major match highlights and will be hailed as a game-changer with Archer carding seven shots that was a magnificent contribution in that in one fell swoop accelerated him into a competitive situation at 9-9. It also dampened the spirits of a Bainfield team sledge-hammered by a 13-0 blow across the carpet that transformed a 33-28 lead on the master scoreboard into a rapturously acclaimed 41-33 lead for the home side. Archer and his rink still had much to do with their mettle being tested at 14-9 down; but having closed to 15-12 that much sought after change into a higher gear eventually clicked into place with a five end run to win 23-15.
Graham (Archer) is a major capture for us and is sure to be a prize asset in our ambitions to enjoy a successful season especially as he has a charismatic will to win attitude that will drive and inspire others around him, said team manager Frank Gray. A Win for the rink skipped by Ronnie Duncan supported the Archer victory while in a strong overall team performance Billy Peacock lost by a single shot to Robert Marshall, and Colin Walker finished peels with James Hogg.
Bainfield will take some consolation out of the fact that until Archer served up his magic finishing run the visitors were bang in contention with the master scoreboard putting them within two shots (68-66) with 17 of the 21 ends completed.
The magic touches of Robert Marshall continue to entertain and be appreciated by the bowls fraternity at large and the 48 times capped ex Scotland star was in fine form to skip bounce back from a daunting 20-12 deficit being inflicted on him by Neil Linton, Craig Hodge, Scott Briggs, and Peacock. Marshall rallied his rink of Mark McIntosh, Danny McCourt, and Paul ODonnell and in a driving finish that included a magic count of 3 at the last skipped them to a dramatic 23-22 victory.
Hogg had shaped up as a winner having skipped Kevin Tennant, Brian Stoddart, and Alex Hurry into a 19-15 lead after 17-ends; but were crossed 21-19 before rescuing a 21-21 peel with a double at the last against Jack Macnab, Ian Fleming, AJ Knight, and Walker.
Smith and his rink of Steven Pilley, Alan Brown, and John McDermott were nip and tuck all the way in a 20-17 defeat from Jamie Macnab, John Stevenson, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Duncan.