BOWLS: All eyes on Belmont with PGL title up for grabs

Stephen Kirkwood
Stephen Kirkwood

The champagne will be on ice when Belmont travel to Ards on Friday for their final game in what has been a fascinating Private Greens League Division One championship campaign.

Victory for the East Belfast team will earn them the title for the first time since 2003.

Dunbarton appear to have blown their chances of retaining the crown as they crashed to defeat at Ballymena in midweek, picking up only one-had-a-half points.

They are now only two ahead of Belmont and one above Larne, who look set for an impressive third place finish.

Even though there were only two shots in it (74-72), it really could have been much worse for Dunbarton. DJ Wilson picked up a count of three on the final end, to grab a 22-18 win against Andy Duncan while, with two against him, Marty Trainor drove at the head to pick up two shots, which earned him a draw (18-18) with Stephen Coleman.

On the other rinks, Andy Morrison defeated Myles Greenfield (19-16) with Jim Baker ending his season on a winning not with a 19-16 success against Andy Hughes.

Dunbarton are now hoping for a miracle from an already relegated Ards side, but Belmont will surely not let it slip at this stage.

Stephen Kirkwood maintained Ireland’s impressive record at international level by scooping singles bronze medal in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games at Saoma.

The Old Bleach teenager defeated Malaysia’s Daeng Dhadyru Dahasry 21-15 in the bronze medal play-off. Australia’s Jonathon Davis defeated Seamus Curtin, from New Zealand (21-14) to win gold.

Kirkwood will now team up with Chloe Watson for the mixed pairs.