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Alastair Murphy delighted as Carrick secure first win

By David Mason

Published 18/05/2015

Focused: Don Mills from Pickie lines up a shot
Focused: Don Mills from Pickie lines up a shot

Carrick racked up their first win of the season to catapult into a respectable mid-table position in the NIBA's Divison One table, but Alastair Murphy insists the big test is still to come.

The East Antrim side are back in the top flight for the first time following their relegation back in 2010 and early indications suggest they are in it for the long haul.

Following a creditable draw at Banbridge, Carrick suffered narrow defeats by Whitehead and in-form Portadown in their opening matches, but they at last broke their duck with an emphatic victory over Dundonald at Shaftesbury Park.

"Our priority this season is consolidating our place in this league," said Murphy.

"We're happy enough with the start we've made.

"We pushed a good Whitehead side to the wire in one of the early games and left Banbridge with a share of the spoils.

"We're thrilled with our first win and hopefully we can now build on this.

"It's a tough league and every game is a challenge.

"You can get away with things in division two, in terms of mistakes, but you'll be punished in this type of environment.

"If we manage to finish the season in mid-table, it will be a successful return fur us - that's our aim."

The rink skipped by Keith Walker were the toast of Carrick following a jaw-dropping 32-8 win over Jim Frazer's combination.

Murphy and Raymond Weatherup also chipped in with vital a contribution, defeating David Burns (30-17) and Mark Foster (17-10).

Dundonald's Colin Orderly, however, prevented their opponents from achieving a full house. He battled to defeat Jonathan Boyd by three shots (21-19).

Meanwhile, the league table currently has a somewhat unfamiliar appearance with former champions Balmoral and Bangor sitting in the basement area.

The Seasiders dropped to the bottom following a shattering defeat at Banbridge.

Rink wins for Clifford Dennison, Brendan Davis, Ian Gallagher and Eddie McCourt helped the home team add another seven points to their tally, which duly shot them up to fourth place.

Balmoral are now only one point ahead of ailing Bangor.

They slumped to shock home defeat to Lurgan, who left Belvoir Drive with five crucial points.

Alan Briggs and Alan Roberts did the damage by defeating Matt Reid (23-13) and Annesley Harrison (19-11). Balmoral hit back through Clifford Craig and Drew Donaghy, who saw off the challenges of Mansel Montgomery (19-15) and Harry Cosgrove (21-14).

Results: NI Private Greens League Division One: Pickie 79 (4.5) Belmont 79 (2.5), Dunbarton 77 (4.5) Larne 72 (2.5), Ulster Transport 93 (6) Willowfield 66 (1), Ballymena 101 (7h) Ards 55 (1), Old Bleach 64 (7) Ewarts 64 (0).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Carrick 96 (6) Dundonald 56 (1), Portadown 92 (4) Lisnagarvey 73 (3), Banbridbge 81 (7) Bangor 68 (0), Whitehead 74 (5) Divis 67 (2), Balmoral 64 (2) Lurgan 71 (5).

NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Ballycastle 55 (1) Coleraine 83 (6), Cookstown 106 (6) City of Derry 78 (1), Limavady 86 (6) Portglenone 58 (1), Portrush 98 (6) Dunluce 76 (1), Letterkenny 62 (1) Ballymoney 74 (6).

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