Midlothian gents last captured the indoor bowls Scottish Cup title back in 2004 so have a strong ambition to bridge that overlong gap and the present stars from The Dalkeith Stadium launched their 2017 campaign with an encouraging 10-0 points win over Paisley on a neutral carpet at Lanarkshire IBC.Read More
Paisley represented class opposition as a fellow premier league club but failed to cope with a Midlothian team that fired on all four cylinders with wins across the carpet contributed by the rinks skipped by Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, Billy Peacock, and team captain David Peacock. The combined supremacy of Midlothian was reflected on The Master Scoreboard by a 94-60 aggregate that produced the bonus reward of two further points.
The win points on each individual rink is the vital component in this combined scoring system and these were well delivered by us while in capturing the aggregate score points our phase dominance of 31-20, 31-20, 32-20 was also a pleasing factor, said team manager Frank Gray.
David Peacock added 1, 2, 5, 1 to skip Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, and Scott Briggs into a 13-4 lead after nine ends was an inspiring signal from the team leader and a progression to 18-5 set the rink up for a handsome 26-14 win over opposition icon figure Jonathan Ross. Ronnie Duncan set the Midlothian support alight with a sizzling count of six to get Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, and Sandy (AJ) Knight off the mark on end four then advanced to lead of 12-8 en route to a substantial 25-15 win over Derek Moffat.
Billy the older of the Peacock brothers – crossed to 11-10 with a hat trick of singles but continued to be engaged in a ding-dong battle before skipping Dougie Russell, David Salkeld, and Jim Cullen to a 20-17 win secured by a 1, 1, 2 finish against John Gilmartin. Colin Walker and his rink of Jack Macnab, John Stevenson, and Lindsay Plenderleith zipped into a 14-6 lead over Callum Taggart then answered a growing menace at 14-10 with a four at the 17th and 19th ends to go on and win, 23-14. Other prelim round action saw Bainfield make comfortable progress with an 8-2 win over Stirling at Balbardie while the scratching of Berwickshire saw Balbardie receive a walkover into this weekends first round proper.
East Lothian IBC is set to welcome a galaxy of top stars to The Alex Marshall Arena on Sunday the 19th with 2014 Gold Medal heroes Alex Marshall MBE and Darren Burnett joined by their indoor international colleagues, Stewart Anderson, Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, Derek Oliver, Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy, and legend figure Willie Wood MBE. The event is an inaugural Pro-Am Triples organised by Billy Mellors and co-sponsored by Johnston Fuels and Medical Professional.