Midlothian survive a major scare

Billy Peacock scored a seven for Midlothian IBC

Billy Peacock scored a seven for Midlothian IBC

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Midlothian indoor bowlers made it five out of five with a 78-73 victory over Arbroath in the A Division of the gents Premier League.

The relegation-zoned visitors almost caused a shock and certainly ruffled the feathers of the home team.

“Arbroath attacked us from the outset but we were dealing okay with their onslaught to stand 17-17 after four ends,” said Midlothian team manager Frank Gray. “However they rocked us back on our heels with follow-on counts of 5-1, and 8-0 that, in a twinkle, had us 12 shots adrift.

“We did have concern with our rink skipped by Colin Walker being gubbed 12-0. But we made a gradual progression towards a 52-52 peel with 14 ends played and I then felt the ball was back in our court.

“We went on to peak at 13 up (72-59) after 17 ends but even so we were left biting our nails and defending a vulnerable two-shot advantage entering our last end and there was huge relief when Sandy Knight clinched the match points with a magic count of three shots.”

Knight and Walker both ended up losing out to their respective opponents, however, Midlothian were carried over the winning line by the double-figure triumphs delivered by the Peacock brothers – Billy and David.

Analysis of the phase scoring paints a fair picture of a match fought out on a knife-edge with Midlothian losing the first seven-ends, 32-25, then showing true grit to capture the second, 27-20, and the third, 26-21.

Walker improved from 0-13, 2-21, and 5-22 to close to 14-22 but then conceded 2, 2, 1, 2 to suffer a 29-14 defeat from Davy Garvie.

Knight crossed to 13-11 with a run of 1, 4, 1, 1 but the soon to be last-end hero slipped to an 18-16 defeat by Paul Carnegie.

Billy Peacock enjoyed highlights that included a magnificent seven on end three and a run of 2, 2, 1, 2, (1), 4 then 4, 1, (1), 1, 1 to beat Sandy Pirie, 26-14.

David Peacock was lifted into a 12-6 lead with a mighty five at end seven and a later run of 2, 2, 3 inspired a 22-12 win over Andy Furye.