Midlothian Ladies march on in play-off bid

Stacey McDougall was in fine form for Midlothian IBC
Stacey McDougall was in fine form for Midlothian IBC
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Midlothian Ladies maintained their 100 per cent record to move four points clear at the top of the indoor bowls Premier Division East.

Their fifth win from five games in the battle for a play-off spot came courtesy of a 91-80 success over East Lothian.

Wins on the rinks skipped by Stacey McDougall and Annie Rutherford combined to put a plus of 34 into the Midlothian shot-margin bank and that was the decisive factor in dwarfing the 23-shot setback suffered by Shona Johnstone and Sandra McLeish.

East Lothian edged the first seven ends 34-29 and put up a strong show in their 25-24 loss of the second.

The game-changing swing in Midlothian’s favour came as McDougall whipped up a finishing run of 2, 1, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4 as she and her front three of Lorna Goldsmith, Alison Plenderleith and May Brownlee stormed to a 32-8 win against Beth Riva, Muriel Hamilton, Irene Gray and Margaret Thomson. Rutherford came good with a 13-1 acceleration over the final six ends to skip Dorothy Millar, Charlene Williamson and Annette Wilson to a 26-18 win over Yvonne Veitch. Johnstone lost a five at the last in a 28-16 defeat from Emma Logan while McLeish was outgunned 28-17 by Lauren Baillie.

Meanwhile, Balbardie suffered an 80-68 defeat at home to East Fife.

League table: Midlothian 10; East Lothian 6; East Fife 6; Balbardie 2; Abbeyview 0.