Midlothian travelled to Aberdeen desperately seeking their first victory in the tough A section of the indoor bowls Premier League – having lost at home to West Lothian and away to Bainfield – and ensured their journey home was a happy one.
Despite being without the services of key man David Peacock, they snatched a dramatic single-shot triumph after carding a double on the last of the four rinks to finish 78-77 in front.
Billy Peacock conjured up a magic last-bowl draw to the edge of the ditch for a second shot that tipped the match scales in favour of the visitors.
“It was a brilliant and memorable moment for the big fella as the pressure on him was immense,” said team manager Frank Gray.
“This was a tough away assignment for us and the whole match was contested on a tightrope but, with the exception of minus two on the 18th end, we had our noses in front from start to finish.”
End 15 helped keep the Midlothian morale high as a count of 4 for Peacock inspired an 8-0 score that lifted their match lead from three shots up to 11.
The phase scoring shows Midlothian making an encouraging start to capture the first seven-ends 31-22. But Aberdeen pressed strongly to edge the second phase 25-19 and the third 30-28.
Ronnie Duncan played the anchor role with good help from Sandy (AJ) Knight but Aberdeen did register victories over Peacock and Colin Walker.
Duncan enjoyed a three-quarter match surge of 2, 4, 2 to lead 21-10 then skipped Martin Wyllie, Drew Pearson (cpt) and Danny McDougall to a 24-14 win over K Pirie.
Knight whizzed into a 9-0 lead with counts of 1, 3, 1, 3, 1 then fought a hard battle to skip Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming and David Munro to a 15-12 win in a game of only 18 ends against E Gallan.
Peacock and his rink of Robert Campbell, Lindsay Plenderleith and Kevin McDougall suffered a rough passage on their trip to a 25-24 defeat from M Stephen but did counter the loss of a 6, a 5, and a 4 with a super value count of 6 at the 19th and, of course, the fabulous match winning double to a ditched jack on the 21st.
Walker and his rink of Jamie Aitken, Gary Thomson and Craig Hodge never got into their stride in a 26-15 defeat from A McKay.