BAINFIELD remain a daunting four points adrift of undefeated leaders East Lothian in the indoor bowls East B section of the Scottish Seniors League, but are now clear second after yesterday’s 64-49 home win over Midlothian.
Midlothian, who came into the match sharing second place with their rivals, were still entertaining thoughts of snatching a valuable away win when standing 41-41 after 12 of the 17 ends. However, Bainfield edged the next three ends, 3-2, 3-2, and 6-4, to lead by four shots and then clinched victory with a mighty 11-0 clean sweep over the closing two ends.
“I am disappointed that we folded when the chips were down, but we have to salute the fact that Bainfield were good enough to land the killer punch on us,” reflected Midlothian spokesman Frank Gray.
Bainfield skips Jim Cowan, Stuart Wilson and Alan Craig all won for a Bainfield team, whose only setback was a narrow defeat for Mike Marshall.
Cowan and his rink of Ricky Junor, Dick Wilson and Adam Brock were the inspirational force that drove the Bainfield charge to victory, having dealt a punishing 22-9 defeat to Kenny Campbell, Bill Dunn, Bill Burnett and Alex Cox.
Cowan’s rink made a storming finishing run of 2, 2, 2, 2 that lifted his score from 14-9.
Wilson derived great benefit from carding a 5 at end ten to lead 11-5, but his rink of Willie McIntosh, Ian Pilley and Bill Herd were trailing 13-12 by end 15 to Adam Grant, John Connelly, Richard Rattary and Frank Gray. However, the mini collapse was halted by a 3, 2 finish to rescue a 17-13 victory.
Craig and his front-three of Malcolm Cook, Bill Little and Alex Fisher were always engaged in ding-dong exchanges with David Cadden, Sean Holmes, Robert Stuart and George Cairns, but tipped the scales with a 4 at the last to win 13-12.
Marshall and his rink of Ian McLaren, Jim Piercy and Walter Borthwick came under intense middle-match pressure when dropping a 5 at end nine to trail 12-5 against Ian McKenzie, Walter Gilroy, George Blaikie and Lindsay Plenderleith. Plenderleith went on to register a 15-12 win for the visitors, but Marshall and Co had played their part by contributing a last-end count of 4 to the home team’s strong finish.
East Lothian, meanwhile, were making it a magnificent seven wins in a row with a commanding 83-48 win over foot-of-the-table Tweedbank at Tranent, while Teviotdale scored a 78-54 home win over Berwickshire.