A Midlothian team without top stars Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker and Graham Archer in the line-up faced a tough task against a settled West Lothian in their Hamilton Trophy clash at Loanhead MW but the home side emerged with their undefeated record intact.
The match was fought on a knife-edge for most of the 21-end confrontation with the outcome going right down to wire and it was last-end heroics from David Peacock that clinched a thrilling 117-115 victory for the table-toppers of the East section as they made it four wins from four.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Danny McDougall, Ramsay Blair, Scott Briggs and Peacock gave Midlothian the winning edge but only by the skin of their teeth as the home team coped tenaciously with the combined setbacks suffered by Colin Bonner and Colin McFarlane.
Whilst the opening exchanges were tight – as reflected by a 38-34 first phase show in favour of Midlothian – it masked an 11-3 contribution by Briggs against Ray Logan that was almost balanced by Macfarlane trailing 10-3 to Sandy McDougall.
Midlothian tails were raised higher with their 42-31 capture of the second phase having edged the outcome on five rinks and gaining a share on the other, leading to a match lead of 15 (80-65).
West Lothian were fighting for their lives to avoid a second match defeat in four and staged a bold third-phase counter-attack that came close to snatching victory on the line. However, their 50-37 dominance just fell short.
Midlothian had been rocked back onto their heels by two sizeable punishments dished out to Bonner by Steven Fleming (3-12) and to Macfarlane by Sandy McDougall (12-5).
However, there was a silver lining for Midlothian as Danny McDougall outgunned Thomas Mann 12-3 although that still left the home team needing a match winner from Peacock.
Peacock, playing against Grant Logan, faced a head of four shots against him when he took to the mat, a match losing situation for the home county. However, the Midlothian man cut his losses down to a single with a well-judged killer bowl into the WL cluster.
Peacock had skipped his rink to a hard-fought 19-16 win and that was supported by Scott Briggs beating Raymond Logan 21-11, and Ramsay Blair finishing 5, 2, 1 to beat Andy Dunnett 23-20.
But the major shot-margin contributor was Danny McDougall skipping Paul Innes, Arron Clinkscales and Kevin McDougall to a 27-14 win over Mann.
Other scores were: C Macfarlane 16, Sandy McDougall 28; C Bonner 11, Steven Fleming 26.