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Bowls: Dungannon make it a league and cup double

Dungannon completed the double by winning the NIWBA Senior League and the Wingrave Cup.

And in that Cup success they had to show all the true grit to earn what was, in the end, a comfortable win.

At ten ends of the final, hosted by the Ballyholme club, Dungannon were 47-37 up and five ends later it as 60-55, but Banbridge had a real purple patch to suddenly lead by three shots after the next end.

That was when Dungannon "dug in" and they soon restored their lead to win by 19 shots.

Patricia McBride's rink were giving Banbridge a lift throughout, going 12-5 up at the tenth, 7-18 at 15 ends and winning by nine shots.

Ann McIver led 11-8, but dropped four shots without reply to trail 11-12 to Hazel Stevenson, before coming back to win by four shots.

At the tenth Maureen Fearon was 16-11 up but Nan Duffy came back to 17-16 five ends later. She failed to score over the last three ends while dropping eight shots.

Pauline Mackle was running three ends behind the rest but was always well ahead, 15-6 at ten ends, 25-9 at 15 and winning by 15 shots.

In the Mary Moore Cup final Castle Park proved too strong for Wedderburn, winning by 19 shots.

Ahead 12-9 at the tenth M. Edgar increased the lead to 20-11 at 15 ends and won by eight shots.

B. Smith was 16-5 up and 19-10 ahead at 15 ends before getting home by 11 shots.

Dungannon followed up their Cup success twenty-four hours later with a 6-1 win over Divis which saw them retain the League title in sparkling fashion.

They certainly showed their true grit' in the Cup final but throughout the season Dungannon have shown their class as well.

No team can win League titles without having that something special - and Dungannon have shown they possess it.

Wingrave Cup details: S. Mc Kenna, B. Jennings, V. Wilson, P. Mackle 26, F. Buitendaz, A. McDermott, E. Whyte, 11; A. McKenna, A.Sloan, B. Shackels, M. Fearon 25, A. Donald, H. Wilkinson, M. Finnegan, N. Duffy 16; J. Lyden, K. Daly, M. McGrath, A. McKiver 17, H. Sheppard, R. Gourley, M. Jardine, H. Stevenson 13; B. McGleenan, P. Donnelly, V. McIvor, I. Eldon 10, R. McAdam, M. Scott, M. Ewart, P. McBride 19.RESULTS - Senior League: Antrim Lawn 1, Banbridge 6; Ballyholme 1, Whitehead 6; Carrick 0, Ward Park 7; Donaghadee 5, Holywood 2; Dungannon 6, Divis 1; Gilnahirk 0, Wingrave 7; Lagan Valley 1, Portadown 6; Lurgan 0, Lisnagarvey 7; Newcastle 5, Ardenlee 2.

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