Bowls: Midlothian top guns set for battle

David Peacock is going for a ninth Midlothian title
David Peacock is going for a ninth Midlothian title
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TOMORROW’s finals night at Midlothian IBC pits David Peacock against Colin Walker in the Gents Singles at the Dalkeith Stadium.

Peacock is bidding for back-to-back titles after beating Walker in last year’s final. Success for Peacock – a gold-medal winner in the Commonwealth Games – would secure a ninth title.

Walker, a six-times champion at Midlothian, reached this year’s final by defeating Ian Forbes 19-10. Peacock was under pressure at 15-14 down in his semi-final but produced a grandstand run of 1, 3, 1, to clinch a 19-16 win over two-times winner Ronnie Duncan.

Scotland caps Sandra McLeish and Stacey Laidlaw go head-to-head in the Ladies Singles. McLeish, champion on six occasions, received a walkover in the semi-finals due to the ill-health of ten-times champion Jeanette Conlan.

McDougall, the Scottish Junior Singles Champion of 2015, edged a 21-19 thriller over defending champion Gaynor Duncan in the last four and is now bidding for a second title triumph at Dalkeith. McLeish and McDougall lined up as partners in this week’s final of the 2-Bowl Pairs and captured the title with a 2-0 sets win over Carol Muirhead and Val Gray.

McLeish has also reached the final of the Fours, the 4-Bowl Pairs and the Triples.

Conlan is fit for tomorrow night’s final of the Seniors Singles where she faces Shona Johnstone.

Meanwhile, Jamie Macnab beat Paul Innes 21-6 in the final of the Gents Under-25 Singles.