Midlothian duo McLeish and McDougall through to 4Bowl pairs semis

Midlothian IBC challengers Sandra McLeish and Stacey McDougall are through to the sem-finals of the Ladies' 4Bowl Pairs Championship.

Saturday, 24th December 2016, 5:30 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:13 pm
Stacey McDougall

The duo have each won the title with different partners in 1999 and 2012. Having spent recent weeks in New Zealand representing Scotland in the outdoor World Championships – McLeish as a coach and McDougall as a player – the pair directed their focus to East Fife IBC at Methil.

They had a bye into the first round and then a walkover to reach the second round. They opened against the Tweedbank partnership of Carla and Lauren Upton who eliminated West Lothian champions Lisa Barrett and Jennifer Sneddon ng 21-10. A short but explosive run of 1, 4, 1 powered Midlothian to 13-8 and they completed a 29-12 victory.

The opposition in the section final were the Glasgow Whiteinch partnership of Laura Welsh and Lorna Cameron.

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Midlothian were 11-5 ahead after 10 ends and then answered pressure at 11-10 with counts of 2, and 4 that allowed them to go on and win 18-15.

They face Arbroath champions Leanne Furye and Caroline Ruxton at Aberdeen in March.

Bainfield challengers Heather Stoddart and Susan Allan suffered a 23-22 defeat by Perth duo Liz Rennie and Gail Mill.