Bowls: Peacock brothers eye Scottish Pairs crown

David Peacock is a twice winner of the Scottish indoor Pairs title
David Peacock is a twice winner of the Scottish indoor Pairs title
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES gold medal hero David Peacock joins forces with elder brother Billy to represent Midlothian IBC in the Scottish Pairs Championships which start with the section qualifying action at Bainfield tomorrow and West Lothian on Sunday.

Midlothian captured the title as recently as season 2013/14 with Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker the winning partnership. However, David Peacock was the first to bring that particular silverware back to the Dalkeith stadium as he skipped Steven Currie to the crown in 2003/4 before the same duo won again the following season.

“Billy has turned 50 now so it would it an even more memorable landmark for him if we could win,” said David, 46, who starts his bid against Abbeyview pair Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown at Bainfield.

The East Lothian challenge sees internationalists Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver bidding to repeat their title triumph of 2012/13. Their campaign trail also starts in the prelim round with G Young and N Robertson of Stirling providing the opposition.

Bainfield represent the Edinburgh challenge and their dark-horse partnership of Ian Burns and Mark Hewitt will parade their skills at Coatbridge IBC where a bye into the first-round proper pitches them against Gordon King and John Carswell of Galleon.

West Lothian IBC are represented by prominent Premier League players Des Hagart and Stuart Johnston, who open in the prelim round against Ian and Neil McLeish of East Kilbride.

Balbardie IBC also make the journey from Bathgate to Coatbridge where seasoned campaigners Graham Keery and Gary Orr launch their campaign against top liners Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster of Prestwick in the prelim round.