‘Magnificent’ Midlothian ease their relegation fears

There were wins on all four rinks forMidlothian
There were wins on all four rinks forMidlothian
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Midlothian’s hopes of escaping the indoor bowls Premier League relegation play-off zone in the A section received a massive boost with their commanding 98-60 victory over Aberdeen at Dalkeith.

Wins on all four rinks – skipped by Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, Billy Peacock and Sandy (AJ) Knight – reflected a strong team performance. Manager Frank Gray said: “I called for a spirited do-or-die attitude from the team and the response was magnificent.

“Our optimism has been raised ahead of a daunting visit to Blantyre, followed by a home game against foot-of-the-table Inverclyde.”

Aberdeen were two points ahead of Midlothian, but have now been sucked into the danger zone and have to complete their ten-match programme with tough games away to Bainfield and at home to Blantyre. Midlothian raced into an 18-shot lead on the first seven-end phase, having included two clean sweeps with a 5-0 on end two and an 8-0 on end five.

Their superiority was consolidated by a 32-19 return on the second phase, with the main highlight provided by Colin Walker and Co in the shape of a ount of 5 on end eight.

A drop in pace on the run-in caused some concern to the Midlothian support, as shot margin may yet play a part in the final reckoning. Although a 29-22 advantage on the third phase was adequate, it might have been better.

The chief architect of the victory was Duncan, who celebrated his restoration as a skip with an inspiring performance to pilot Jamie Aitken, Drew Pearson and Kevin McDougall to a 30-12 win over Kevin Pirie.

Duncan and Co enjoyed several good spells, the best of which was a run of 2, 3 (1), 3, 2, 1, 1 that accelerated their score from 8-6 to 20-7.

Gray’s decision to switch talisman David Peacock from skip to play third to his international colleague Colin Walker paid off, as in conjunction with Robert Campbell and Lindsay Plenderleith at the front, they enjoyed a 27-17 win over Eddie Gallan.

Peacock (Billy) made a great start to skip Jamie Macnab, Danny McDougall and Craig Hodge into a 9-1 lead and then coped with the blip of a 5 to lead 20-11 before settling for a 23-17 win over A McKay.