Midlothian lose to Fife on final end at Strathmiglo

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Midlothian’s campaign in the East section of the Cities and Counties Bowls Championship got off to a disappointing start with a 115-111 defeat by Fife County at Strathmiglo.

Wins for the Midlothian rinks skipped by Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker were good ones and Colin MacFarlane only went down by a single shot but double-figure defeats for David Peacock, Kevin McDougall and Ramsay Blair cost the visitors dear.

Midlothian made an encouraging start to lead 18-8 after two ends but they didn’t kick on albeit they did enough to capture the first of the three seven-end phases, 40-33.

The rinks skipped by Blair and McDougall struggled to get to grips with their respective oppositions (4-8 and 5-10), and it was an early signal that along with Peacock this wasn’t going to be their day.

Duncan and Walker remained strong in their second phase contributions (13-4 and 10-4) but MacFarlane (3-10), and Peacock (3-11), joined Blair (2-7) and McDougall (4-9), on the slippy slope to a 45-35 fight back by the home team.

The outcome of the match was still in the balance at end 15 which produced an 82-82 peel on the major scoreboard. End 16 promised to be a game-changer in favour of Midlothian with Blair and Walker both contributing a 5 and McDougall a 4 towards a 15-5 count across the green that pushed the visitors ahead 97-87.

Midlothian were unable to turn the screw, however, but still managed to take a 109-107 lead into the final end but a nightmare climax resulted in a 2-8.

Duncan celebrated the major highlight of a carding a magnificent 7 at end 14 as he went on to skip Jamie MacNab, David Lawrence and Danny McDougall to an impressive 33-12 win over Tom Pettigrew.

Walker included a run of 3, 2, 5, to accelerate into a 23-10 lead after 16 ends and he went on to skip Neil Linton, Lindsay Plenderleith and Craig Hodge to a 24-15 win over Andrew Pearson.

MacFarlane made a great 1, 5, 1, 1, 1 start to lead 9-0 but is still took a 2, 1, 1 finish to skip Tom Moffatt, Robert Campbell and Colin Bonnar to a damage-limiting 17-16 defeat from James Forbes.

Peacock carded six singles and three doubles in a 22-12 defeat from Gary Mackie; McDougall slipped from 6-10 to a 26-14 defeat from Wayne Hogg; Blair lost 4 at the last in a 23-12 defeat from David Comrie.