Bowls: Midlothian retain 100 per cent record

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Midlothian top Section A of the indoor bowls Premier League following their latest success away to Lanarkshire making it four wins out of four.

The stars from The Dalkeith Stadium piled on the misery for the bottom club with an 82-5 victory delivered by wins on three of the four rinks.

Billy Peacock and Colin Walker chalked up triumphs in double figures supported by a positive contribution from David Peacock. The only setback was a narrow one suffered by Sandy (AJ) Knight.

“Teams don’t come to Lanarkshire expecting to dominate the scoring for the entire 21 ends as they represent first class opposition so it reflects a great team performance that we did that and also had their measure on all three phases,” said team manager Frank Gray.

Midlothian hit the ground running with a 9-1 domination of the first end and followed with an 8-1 score on the second that was highlighted by a mighty count of five for Knight via a ‘chap and lie’ take out by the skip.

Walker scored a five on end five and it all contributed to a 33-15 lead after completion of the first seven-end phase.

Lanarkshire showed improved form in the second phase and it took the thrill of another count of five – generated on end 10 by Billy Peacock – to secure a 25-21 edge for the visitors that gave them a match lead of 22.

Thanks to yet another count of five – carded by Walker on end 21 – the visitors won the final phase 24-21.

Billy Peacock stood 6-0 up after two ends but then suffered a seven-end drought. However, having limited his losses to singles he came back strongly to skip Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell and Danny McDougall to a 24-13 win over Sandy Hume.

Walker skipped Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell and Colin Macfarlane into a 15-6 lead after 12 ends then led 19-9 after 17 but faced a touch of menace at 19-15 before finishing with 1, 5 to clinch a 25-15 win over John Simpson.

David Peacock skipped Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill and Craig Hodge into a 14-3 lead after nine ends then led 21-8 after 18 and reached the finish line 21-13 ahead of Sandy Syme.

Knight and his rink of Ian Forbes, Drew Pearson and Lindsay Plenderleith were defending an undefeated record and started well to lead 7-1 but in a game of several burnt ends – only 18 completed – they slipped to a 16-12 defeat from Robert Gordon.