Bowls: Midlothian thank their lucky stars

David Peacock secured victory for Midlothian but enjoyed a slice of good fortune in doing so
David Peacock secured victory for Midlothian but enjoyed a slice of good fortune in doing so
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Midlothian launched their indoor bowls Premier League campaign with a dramatic 79-75 victory over Blantyre at the Dalkeith stadium.

Blantyre arrived with a big reputation having reached last season’s play-off final and bristling with a line-up that included three internationalists at skip in the shape of Iain McLean, Brian Irvine, past world champion Stewart Anderson plus the talented Scott Bishop.

Midlothian went into the match with seven regulars missing including internationalists Colin Walker and Ronnie Duncan.

The final outcome went right down to the wire and lady luck had a big hand in the Midlothian victory.

They had scored a 10-0 clean-sweep across the carpet on end 11 that doubled their match lead to 20 but Blantyre slowly cut away at that advantage to draw level at 74-74.

Midlothian hearts sank as Blantyre produced a single against Billy Peacock and the build-up of a holding shot when David Peacock took to the mat for the final delivery of the match.

David Peacock targeted the opposition shot bowl with a raking runner into the head but was slightly off-line. However, he produced a home short bowl directly onto the shot bowl and removed it clean as a whistle for a five-shot conversion to win the match.

The phase scoring reflects a hard-fought match with Midlothian capturing the first seven ends 29-2, the second 30-26, but coming under pressure to lose the third 20-27.

David Peacock only won nine of the 20 ends he completed but made the major contribution by skipping Neil Linton, Scott Matthews and Craig Hodge from 6-6 to a 19-13 win over Bishop.

Sandy Knight made a fantastic start to skip Ian Forbes, Sandy Dippie and Lindsay Plenderleith into a 18-1 lead over McLean but came under late pressure and won 22-17.

Billy Peacock and his front three of Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell and Danny McDougall put in a strong performance to come off a 14-15 pace and beat Anderson 21-17.

Colin Macfarlane and his rink of Jamie Hanlon, Scott Briggs and Dougie Russell dropped a 5 to trail 15-7 and went on to suffer a 28-17 defeat from Brian Irvine.