Midlothian stars win British titles

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Scotland’s national champions captured four of the 11 titles up for grabs in the indoor bowls British Isles Championships at Stanley IBC in County Durham – and three of them were delivered by six stars from Midlothian IBC.

Stacey Laidlaw won the ladies’ Junior Singles and the 25-year-old is celebrating a glorious double having also skipped Kelly McDougall, Alison Plenderleith and Gaynor Duncan to success in the Fours.

Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker captured the Pairs crown.

“Winning three titles at this high level comes into the wildest dream category and the members of Midlothian IBC are ecstatic ,”said spokesperson Frank Gray.

“It takes something special to come out on top against England, Wales, Ireland and Channel Islands.”

Laidlaw had her physical and mental stamina challenged by two finals, the first of which saw her skip her rink against the Ireland champions spearheaded by Sandra Baillie.

Carding 4 shots on the opening end was an encouraging start for Laidlaw and Co who progressed to 9-2 then the Scottish champions asserted their authority with a powerful acceleration from 9-4 to 19-4 culminating in a commanding 20-11 victory.

Laidlaw had a little time to recover from her 21-end exertions before taking on Chloe Wordingham of England for the Junior Singles title and she preceded to give a super-charged performance. The 10-end score showed 18-0 in favour of Laidlaw and she confirmed her supremacy with a 21-5 victory.

Duncan and Walker faced a challenge from Wales champions Jordon Davies and Phil Carpenter.

By end 16 Wales had not long carded a 5 and were ahead 17-13.

The next three-ends were a game-changing spell for the Duncan/Walker partnership with the Scotland champions exploding to 23 with a 4, 4, 2 blitz then strong defensive play saw them clinch a 23-21 victory.

John Fleming of Inverclyde – who piped Daniel Gormley of Bainfield 21-20 in the recent national final – made it a Junior Singles double for Scotland with a 21-15 win over Ryan Atkins of England.

n Midlothian IBC reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a 73-66 win over Aberdeen.