Midlothian into Scottish Cup semi-finals

Ronnie Duncan and Billy Peacock of Midlothian IBC

Ronnie Duncan and Billy Peacock of Midlothian IBC

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Midlothian have reached the semi-finals of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup.

But their quarter-final passage against fellow Premier League club Falkirk was a precarious one with the 81-72 outcome always in doubt.

Sandy Knight was a late call-off resulting in junior cap Jamie Aitken being called up while the Midlothian camp had two 15-year olds in their team, Jack Macnab and Paul Innes, who put in strong performances.

Wins for the rinks skipped by Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker and Billy Peacock carried the day for Midlothian with team captain David Peacock the only skip to suffer defeat.

Midlothian were ahead only once during the first 17 ends but then the pendulum swung and the catalyst for a 9-2 score across the carpet was a count of 5 by Duncan.

“It was Ronnie’s second major moment of his match as he had breathed life into our overall challenge on end 15 when firing an opposition bowl out of the head for a five-shot reward that earned us a 58-58 peel,” said Frank Gray.

End 19 was another significant game-changer with all four rinks contributing to a 6-0 clean sweep – the first of the match – that pushed Midlothian ten shots ahead.

The phase scoring went: Falkirk 28, Midlothian 20; Falkirk 25, Midlothian 32; Falkirk 19, Midlothian 29.

David Peacock and his rink of Neil Watson, Lindsey Plenderleith and Andy Caldwell were 21-3 down after ten ends but showed strong nerve in the second half to limit the damage to a 24-13 defeat from Scotland cap Steven Glen.

Duncan skipped Jamie Aitken, Jack Macnab and Kevan McDougall to a 25-13 victory over Steven Allan.

Walker and his front-three of Ian Forbes, Paul Innes and David Munro carded a 5 at end eight and a blitz run of 3, 3, 2 saw them win 3-19 against Jim McHutchison.

Billy Peacock, Colin Cook, Ian Fleming and Colin MacFarlane were 17-16 against Gary Flynn but answered with a 2, 1 finish to achivev a 20-16 victory against their opponent.