Ballymoney close in on Provincial success

Old Bleach's Robert Kirkwood
Old Bleach's Robert Kirkwood

Ballymoney rested one hand on the Provincial Senior League title following their nerve-tingling win over Cookstown at the weekend.

Even though only one shot separated the teams at the finish, the current champions managed to pocket five crucial points which takes them six clear of the County Tyrone boys at the top of the table.

Now, with only three games remaining, Ballymoney are bang on course for a staggering 32nd title success.

They travel to Coleraine and City off Derry before wrapping up their campaign with a home fixture against Portrush, who were beaten in last season’s league play-off.

Cookstown have home matches against City of Derry and Portglenone, but must travel to Portrush in the penultimate game.

It was Brian McAlary and Gary Kelly who claimed the vital rink wins, beating Coling Hogg (27-19) and Liam McHugh (23-14).

Mark Wilson and Damien McElroy ensured Cookstown would battle right to the wire with victories over Alistair Steele (26-11) and Willie McCaw (19-18).

Meanwhile, little Letterkenny are primed to celebrate their best every finish to a league campaign.

The Donegal side currently occupy third place -- in only their second year in senior bowls.

They hardened their challenge with an 86-59 win at City of Derry, which added another five points to their tally.

At the other end of the table, Kilrea are destined to return to Division One, having managed to reel in a mere 12-and-a-half points from 14 starts.

Results -- Northern Ireland Women’s Bowling Association Senior League: Dungannon 7 Donaghadee 0, Banbridge 6 Lisnagarvey 1, Ballyholme 5 Lurgan 2, Newcastle 5 Ward Park 2, Whitehead 7 Portadown 0, Ballyholme 6 Portadown 1, Ward Park 0 Holywood 7.

Northern Ireland Women’s Bowling Association Junior League: Carrick 5 Antrim Lawn 0, Dromore 5 Gilnahirk 0, Curran 5 Lagan Valley 0, Castle Park 0 Newry 5, Ardenlee 1 Wedderburn 4, Ardenlee 0 Carrick 5, Newry 5 Curran 0, Lagan Valley 0 Dromore 5.