Bowls: Midlothian continue to dominate West Lothian

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Midlothian continue to hold the upper hand over West Lothian after they defeated their rivals 76-69 at the Dalkeith Stadium.

The hosts, who recorded home and away victories over WL last season, were once again too strong, even if they were without Scotland international Ronnie Duncan for this indoor bowls Premier League clash.

They were, however, buoyed by the return of Duncan’s fellow cap Colin Walker as he made his seasonal return for Frank Gray’s team.

As it happens, Walker didn’t enjoy the best of results on his rink and neither did David Peacock, but the rinks skipped by Billy Peacock and Sandy (AJ) Knight combined strongly enough to steer the home side to victory.

“Beating a team of West Lothian’s star studded structure for a third time in a row is a massive result for us and what impressed me most was that having slipped from ten shots up to four down we didn’t panic or fold under that pressure,” said Gray.

Midlothian made an encouraging start to edge the first seven-end phase, 25-21 then overtaken by the 34-26 loss of the second bounced back to win the match with a spirited 25-14 domination of the third phase.

Billy Peacock raised the Dalkeith roof with a mighty count of 5 on end 15 that saw him skip Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell and Danny McDougall into an 18-12 lead then on to a 24-14 win over Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs and Thomas Mann.

AJ Knight inspired the Midlothian challenge with a whirlwind start to skip Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming and Lindsay Plenderleith into an 18-4 lead after 13-ends against James Greenock, George Sneddon, Jamie Gracie and Mark Allison.

There was a slip on the run-in, but Knight and Co retained the upper hand to triumph 22-12.

West Lothian did make two winning impressions and both were good starting, with Neil Speirs producing a tip-top performance to skip Bryan Cooper, Raymond Logan and Paul O’Donnell to a 21-12 win over Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell, Colin Macfarlane and Colin Walker.

Calum Logan skipped Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie and Craig Moss to a 22-18 win over Neil Linton, Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge and David Peacock.