Ronnie Duncan’s seasonal debut for Midlothian in Section A of the indoor bowls Premier League was a majestic one that inspired the visitors to a 83-46 demolition of West Lothian at Livingston.
Duncan, 32, sidelined since the start of the campaign by a stint representing Bowls Scotland in the Hong Kong Classic Pairs and Singles – allied to heavy work commitments – stepped into the breach when Colin Walker became unavailable to skip Jack Macnab, Kevin McDougall and Colin Macfarlane to a 21-shot triumph over fellow cap Calum Logan.
With AJ Knight and the Peacock brothers, David and Billy, also having the measure of their respective opponents, the victory was never in any doubt for a Midlothian team that sit as joint leaders with Blantyre.
The status will be tested early in the new year, though, with both Duncan and Walker bidding for the World Pairs title at Potters Leisure where Duncan also competes in the Singles as a 66/1 outsider with recently-crowned Scottish Open champion Greg Harlow his opening opponent.
Midlothian expected a testing time of it against WL and that’s what looked on the cards when the first seven-end phase was fought out on a tightrope, reflected by a 22-22 stalemate on the master scoreboard.
However, a second-phase acceleration by the visitors saw them gain supremacy on all four rinks as they powered to a 32-12 domination that set them up with a 20-shot lead.
WL failed to respond in the final phase and were well and truly hammered 29-12.
Duncan’s main highlight came with a run of 3, 1, 5 to lead 18-5, going on to inflict 32-11 pain on Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Craig Moss and Logan.
David Peacock hit back from 9-4 down to skip Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill and Craig Hodge to a 19-11 win over Thomas Mann while AJ Knight battled to a 13-10 win over James Speirs.
Billy Peacock kicked on from 5-5 to beat Mark Allison 19-14.