BOWLS: Bangor turn up heat in NIBA Division One title race

Ivan Lynn of Ballymena in last weekends  Senior Fours at the NIPGL Championship Finals at Forth River Bowling Club
Ivan Lynn of Ballymena in last weekends Senior Fours at the NIPGL Championship Finals at Forth River Bowling Club

It may have developed into at two horse race even before the July recess, but the NIBA Division One title battle is really hotting up as the finish line approaches.

Whitehead still sit proudly at the top of the table, but Bangor are bravely hanging to their coat tails, awaiting any potential slip.

The Seasiders hardened their challenge with a midweek win over Lisnagarvey that edged them to within five points of the leaders. With only three matches remaining, both teams will be expected to maintain their push at the top on Saturday with Whitehead due to visit Donaghadee, while a short trip down the road, Bangor are dueto entertain Portadown.

Robert Hastings produced Bangor’s best performance in the win over relegation haunted Garvey, defeating Ivan Craig 29-10.

Mark Shannon and Matthew Crawford chipped in by beating Noel Graham (20-15) and Philip Cromie (26-16). Gareth McLoughlin picked up the home team’s only point with a 31-20 win against Graham McKee.

Fixtures: Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Dundonald v Banbridge, Donaghadee v Whitehead, Lisnagarvey v Dromore, Bangor v Portadown, Divis v Balmoral.

NIBA Division Two: Sydenham v Curran, Carrickfergus v Dungannon, Newtownabbey v Castle, Whitehead B v Londonderry Park, Markethill v Lurgan.

NIBA Division Three: Portadown B v St Stephen’s, Rathfriland v Ormeau, Balmoral B v Carrickfergus B, Clarendon v Musgrave..

NIBA Division Four: Annalong v Newcastle, Finaghy v Cloughey, North Down v Holywood, Warrenpoint v Lisnagarvey B.

NIBA Division Five: Windsor v Newry, Dromore B v BETS, 1st Ballymacarrett v Donaghadee B, Queen’s Island v Antrim, Gilnahirk v Lagan Valley.

NIBA Division Six: Castle B v Castleton, Glengormley v Rathfriland B, 9th Old Boys v Musgrave B, Curran B v McQuiston Memorial.

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Coleraine v Letterkenny, Ballycastle v Ballymoney, Portglenone v Limavady.