Bowls: Midlothian make it three wins from three

Billy Peacock produced a victory for Midlothian IBC
Billy Peacock produced a victory for Midlothian IBC
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Midlothian continue to fly high in the A section of the indoor bowls Premier League, having completed a hat-trick of opening wins with a 88-60 triumph at defending champions Paisley.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Colin Walker, Billy Peacock, and Sandy (AJ) Knight, plus a shared scoreline for David Peacock topped off a tremendous team performance.

“My message to the lads is, if we stay focused, we can go on and deliver the title for the first time since 2011,” said team manager Frankie Gray.

It was a pleasing factor for Gray that his team held the upper hand on all three phases.

Midlothian captured the first seven ends 29-24, with the spirits of the visitors raised by substantial early counts of four by Knight and David Peacock but, specifically, a super six carded by Billy Peacock.

In the second phase, Midlothian operated in a higher gear that accelerated them to a 31-14 domination that was further reflected by a 22-shot match lead (60-38) on the master scoreboard.

Midlothian had the momentum and held to win the third phase 28-22 and round off an impressive away display.

Walker left his best to last with the Scotland cap exploding from 14-11 with a run of 2, 1, 1, 5 to skip Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell and Colin Macfarlane to a 23-11 win over Derek Stobo.

Billy Peacock pressed on from 8-5 to 20-15 with a patch run of 1, 3, 1, 1, 4, 2 and skipped Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell and Danny McDougall to a 24-14 win over John Gilmartin.

Knight made telling space from 9-7 to 19-9 with counts of 1, 1, 1, 1, (2), 3, 1, 1, 1 and skipped Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming and Lindsay Plenderleith to a 23-17 win over Colin Taggart.

David Peacock got out of jail with a 4, 1 finish to skip Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill and Craig Hodge to an 18-18 peel with Jonathan Ross.