Bainfield step up their bid for indoor bowls Scottish Cup glory with a second-round match against Arbroath at Headwell (Dunfermline) tomorrow that certainly looks very winnable on the formbook.
arbroath only managed to win one of their ten games in the recent Premier League campaign and have been automatically relegated – although it was a tough section and the hierarchy at Bainfield is determined not to be complacent.
“The cup is the cup and shock upsets do happen, but we don’t want to be victims and if we stay focused we can deliver a result that keeps us on track to repeat out title success of 2008,” said team manager John Bell.
Bell recalls Neil Watson to replace the unavailable Craig Aitken and Watson leads to Mark McIntosh, Kevin Tennant and Craig Moss, while icon figure Robert Marshall stays at third to team captain Paul O’Donnell, with Craig Paterson and Brian Stoddart forming the front-end.
Gavin Smith skips Chris Downie, Colin Gilchrist and John McDermott, while Daniel Gormley, Stephen Pringle and James Hogg are the front-three for Colin Hutchison.
Midlothian make several changes to the team that did so well to beat Abbeyview in the first round, but the return of top stars David Peacock, Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker from their stint with Scotland in the USA explains why.
And, of course, Lindsay Plenderleith, who compensated his enforced absence against Abbeyview by skipping Midlothian to the Seniors Triples title, is back. The players dropping out are Danny McDougall, Craig Hodge, Gary Thomson, David Salkeld and Ryan Yuill.
Gray has recast his team to tackle Division 1A champions Turriff (won 9 out of 10) at Arbroath.
Meanwhile, the East Lothian challenge in the ladies Scottish Cup came to grief against Falkirk at Abbeybiew, making an 81-74 second round exit in a hard fought match.
Emma Brown (East Lothian), Kelly McDougall, Stacey Laidlaw, Gaynor Duncan (all Midlothian), Jennifer Richardson, Wendy Purdie, Lisa Barrett (all West Lothian) are members of the Scotland team in this weekend Home Internationals at Stanley IBC in County Durham.