Bainfield took a major step towards securing their status as an indoor bowls premier league club with a magnificent eight-shot (73-65) victory at relegation rivals Midlothian.
Skip Colin Hutchison laid the foundations with a high-octane display in which he led 15-2 before winning 23-11. The added bonus for the Bainfield rink was that they suppressed the expected dangers threatened by a strong Midlothian opposition comprising Robert Campbell, Kevin McDougall, Andrew Caldwell, and Colin Walker.
Bainfield also had the measure of iconic Midlothian figure David Peacock, with team captain Paul O’Donnell skipping Zak Abro, Craig Aitken and Craig Paterson to an important 16-13 win having battled on from 10-10 after 16 ends.
Peacock and his strong front three of Jamie Aitken, Lindsay Plenderleith and Craig Hodge were expected to drive the Midlothian challenge, but were always being well held by O’Donnell.
Midlothian did deliver wins on the other two rinks but the margin of success achieved by skips Sandy (AJ) Knight and Billy Peacock over Craig Moss and Gavin Smith respectively wasn’t enough to save the day.
Moss skipped Neil Watson, Stephen Pringle and Kevin Tennant into a promising 11-9 lead after 12 ends but failed to count at the next seven and that caused a slide to a 21-17 defeat from Ian Forbes, Jamie Macnab, David Munro and Knight. However Moss and Co did make a major contribution to the match result by carding a spectacular count of 5 at end 19.
Smith was also going great guns for the visitors to skip Chris Downie, Mark McIntosh, and John McDermott into a 14-11 lead after 14 ends but lost 20-17 when Billy Peacock skipped Martin Wylllie, Drew Pearson, and Ronnie Duncan to a strong 2, 2, 3, (2), 1, (1), 1 finish.