Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker have Billy Peacock as their middleman in the Midlothian challenge for the Scottish Indoor Bowls Triples Championship that starts with the playdown action this weekend.
Peacock is driven by an ambition to emulate the title triumph of younger brother David, who skipped Steven Currie and Willie Rankin to success in season 2004-05 while Duncan and Walker – set to team up in the World Pairs at Potters Leisure Centre early in the new year – enjoy international status with 24 and 33 caps to their name respectively.
Although East Lothian IBC is one of this weekend’s venues, the Midlothian challengers have been drawn to start their title bid at Lanarkshire IBC where they will begin with a prelim-round tie against Hugh McAvoy, Frank Hills and Thomas Simpson of Cumbernauld.
East Lothian can’t compete on their home carpet, the Alex Marshall Arena, so they make the same journey as Midlothian. EL’s triple will be decided after their domestic final which was set to feature Chris Johnston, Ewan Fallen and Jamie Higgins against Andy Jeffrey, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors.
Should the Mellors trio deliver a winning result, that will bring them the chance to emulate their national title triumph of 2007. Whoever ends up representing East Lothian will take on Alan Davidson, Eric Cribbes and Robert Newlands of Fintry in the prelim round.
Bainfield are closer to home, with the challengers from the Capital set to compete at East Lothian – familiar territory for the trio of Josh Spalding, Daniel Gormley and John McDermott.
The Bainfield triple are all under 30 but are well-seasoned campaigners fired up to emulate the consecutive title triumphs of Craig Paterson, Craig Moss and Paul O’Donnell in 2009 and 2010.
Their opening challenge tomorrow comes in the shape of Berwickshire trio John Jackson, John Renton and Sam Douglas.
West Lothian IBC compete in the same section with Stewart McMaster, Connor McKendric, and Blair Mackie carrying the flag and they open in the prelim round against John Darling, David Reid and Stuart Anderson of Teviotdale.
Play continues at Lanarkshire IBC on Sunday while Midlothian takes over from East Lothian for the second and third-round play.