BOWLS: Belmont wrap up Division One title in style

Belmont popped the bubbly for the second time in 10 days by wrapping up the Private Greens League Division One title on Tuesday night..

It capped a fantastic end of the season spell by the Belfast club. They won the IBA Senior Cup on Saturday, August 27 following a thrilling three shots win against Ballymena at Gilford -- before claiming their second successive title victory.

They approached their final game against Pickie knowing that three points would be good enough to get them over the finish line! But they did it with a certain degree of style -- reeling in all seven.

Belmont ended the campaign on a whopping 107 points from their 18 starts, finishing six-and-half ahead of Ballymena.

In many ways Belmont were in a win, win situation on Tuesday night because their nearest challengers -- Ballymena and Dunbarton -- locked horns at Old Ballymoney Road.

It was the Sky Blues who picked up five points in their 82-56 win, but the celebrations were already under way in East Belfast.

“It was a brilliant end to the season,” said Belmont’s Davy Hamilton. “We lost only two games over the course of the season.

“To win the league again along with the IBA Senior Cup is a great achievement. Every one of the boys play their part.”

Roy Battersby led the charge against Pickie, skipping his rink to an impressive 27-14 win again Billy Angus.

Stuart Bennett also made a significant contribution by beating Don Mills (20-14), while Simon Martin and Robin Horner completed the job by beating Neil Belch (23-17) and Peter Campbell (19-16).

Ballymena kept going right to the finish. Jim Baker played a huge part in the win over Dunbarton by skipping his rink to a massive 33-8 win against Gary McElroy. Andy Duncan also defeated Myles Greenfield 18-14.

At the other end of the table, Ulster Transport lost heavily at home to Mossley, which guaranteed the Jordanstown team of relegation.

They will be joined by either Mossley or NICS, who have one outstanding game -- against Old Bleach -- but trail by three points.