Bowls: Midlothian Ladies go joint second

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Midlothian ladies turned in a strong performance at The Dalkeith Stadium to score a 99-57 victory over Coatbridge in the B Division of the Premier League.

Midlothian ladies turned in a strong performance at The Dalkeith Stadium to score a 99-57 victory over Coatbridge in the B Division of the Premier League.

It’s a result that moves Midlothian into joint second with Coatbridge and Galleon on 10 points. However, they have a far superior shot margin of 120 with Coatbridge on minus five and Galleon minus 38.

Midlothian’s cause was further aided as leaders Auchinleck had lost at Galleon 74-64.

“Auchinleck still remain firmly in the driving seat and with just two games to go they are the form horse to beat foot-of-the-table Falkirk away and Coatbridge at home. However, our focus is to press them by winning away at Galleon then away to East Fife,” said Shona Johnstone.

Ace Midlothian skips Stacey McDougall, Jeanette Conlan and Sandra McLeish were enforced absentees for the visit of second placed Coatbridge however the home support were able to cheer super double-figure wins for Annie Rutherford, Gaynor Duncan and Johnstone.

Margaret Porter shaped up well in the early stages of her game but a significant stumble on the run in cost her a narrow defeat, and Midlothian a clean sweep.

Coatbridge had won at home against Midlothian but prospects of them celebrating a double dimmed rapidly with the Dalkeith stars making a sparkling start to dominate the first seven-end phase, 37-10.

It was a supersonic start that maintained its momentum on the second phase as they doubled the match lead from 27 to 54 with a 43-16 win with Rutherford and Duncan in fine form.

There was a dramatic halt in momentum on the third and final phase and it is much to the credit of a demoralised opposition that they found admirable spirit and ability to capture it 31-19.

Rutherford led 24-2 after 13 ends then skipped Dorothy Millar, Janette McVicar and Annette Wilson to a 30-12 win over Margaret McSkimming.

Duncan converted a 22-4 lead into a 26-9 win over Janie Kyle; Johnstone led 21-6 and beat Carol Condy, 23-12; Porter led 11-3 but slipped to 24-20 defeat from Janette Bray.