Bowls: Big guns back for Midlothian in Hamilton Trophy

Ronnie Duncan and
 Colin Walker
Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker
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Midlothian welcome back world stage stars Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker as they try to make it six wins out of six in the East section of The Hamilton Trophy this weekend against Borders.

With Graham Archer and David Peacock, two other legends of the world stage, in their line up there is much cause optimism.

But team manager Drew Pearson knows from past experience that Borders are often a test for the best – they posted an impressive away win over the might of Edinburgh & Leith.

“We have made a great start but have achieved nothing yet so it’s a case of heads down and get on with the business of trying our utmost to win, bearing in mind that our final fixture is against reigning national champions East Lothian,” he said.

Pearson also knows his team’s 119-102 win at home to West Fife last weekend was despite four losing rinks being rescued by a massive win for Archer supported by a double figure contribution from Peacock, the rinks scores being: G Archer 29, J McGuire 8; D Peacock 29, K Bald 10; Ramsay Blair 14, R McFarlane 25; Danny McDougall 12, C Watson 20; Colin Bonner 18, P Brown 21; Scott Briggs 17, D Junor 18.

The top two qualify and East Lothian sit two points behind the section leaders with chasers West Lothian all but nailed on to defeat winless Fife County at Prestongrange, having got back on a winning track away to Stirling County East.

Callum Darling and ace skip Scott Kennedy are enforced absentees so EL team manager Stewart Johnston recalls Tommy Young of Dunbar and Gifford teenager Dean Riva.

East Lothian were living dangerously when trailing Stirling East by 26 shots but conjured up a magical effort in the final phase across the green that pulled a 130-118 victory out of the hat.

Headlined by a 15-5 input from John McCrorie the final phase capture was 58-28.

Rink Scores, Stirling First: S Hogg 14, Scott Kennedy 23; M McCalley 19, Billy Mellors 19; C Ross 18, Brian Young 23; S Thomson 26, Steven Morgan 28; D Couper 18, Mal Higgenbotham 12; S Williamson 23, John McCrorie 25.

West Lothian face a must-win fixture against Stirling County East at Whitburn. They were heading for an embarrassing defeat from Fife at Methilhill last weekend until an incredible 1, 8, 3, 5, 1 finish from Steven Fleming inspired a 119-101 victory.

Rink Scores, Fife First: S Bone 10, Steven Fleming 29; J Lawson 12, Andy Dunnett 18; D Comrie 19, Thomas Mann 23; R Page 16, Ray Logan 19; D Creevy 16, Sandy McDougall 14; A Pearson 28, Grant Logan 16.

Edinburgh & Leith, who are now out of contention, visit West Fife at Lochgelly.