Midlothian squeeze into last eight of Scottish Cup

Colin Walker's win was crucial for Midlothian
Colin Walker's win was crucial for Midlothian
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Midlothian gents survived a tough test to beat Lanarkshire 6-4 at neutral venue Livingston and reach the quarter-finals of the indoor bowls Scottish Cup.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Colin Walker and team captain David Peacock delivered four vital points that matched the four dropped by the defeat of Graeme Archer and Billy Peacock.

The match aggregate score of 86-78 in favour of Midlothian settled a gripping encounter.

Midlothian had produced an exciting first-phase performance that brought a 42-28 domination of the opening seven ends.

The sizeable 14-shot advantage would have been even greater but for the morale boost Lanarkshire got from stealing a super count of six from Billy Peacock on end seven. Lanarkshire’s 36-24 response on the second phase rocked Midlothian back onto their heels. It took true grit for Midlothian to halt the momentum built up by their opposition and they delivered in match-winning style but the third-phase rink scores of 3-2, 6-3, 5-5, and 6-4 show just how tight the climax was.

Walker skipped Jack Macnab, John Stevenson and Lindsay Plenderleith to a 24-16 win over John Simpson.

David Peacock made an inspirational start to skip Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, and Scott Briggs into a 7-0 then 17-10 lead over George Prosser before sealing a 23-16 victory.

Archer and his rink of Scott Runciman, Craig Hodg, and Ronnie Duncan stormed into a 14-5 lead over Richard Gordon but collapsed to a 23-22 defeat.

Billy Peacock skipped Jamie Macnab, Andy Caldwell and AJ Knight into a 14-11 lead before a barren six-end run contributed to a 23-17 defeat from Robert Grant.