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Ballymoney start title defence with emphatic win over rivals

 

By Alex Mills

Ballymoney laid down an early marker by claiming six points in a 14 shots win over rivals Coleraine as they began the defence of their Provincial Senior League title on Saturday.

Having monopolised the championship for the past four years, their opening performance suggested it's going to take something special to rip the title away from Church Street.

However, the home team were deprived a full quota of points, courtesy of Ally Davidson's impressive 24-12 victory over home skip Brian McAlary.

It was the experienced Willie McCaw who laid the foundation for the victory by roaring to a 33-10 victory over Jim Calvin.

Ireland international Gary Kelly also made a significant contribution by battling out a 19-17 success against Ian Ross, while Nicky McCaw finished the job with a defeated Victor Dallas 24-13.

"It was a good start to the season," said Kelly. "It's important to get early points on the board, especially from home fixtures."

Portrush also got off to a solid start by taking five points from their three shots win at Letterkenny, with Jackie Smyth and Ian McClure racking up vital wins.

Meanwhile, Old Bleach registered their first win of the new PGL Division One campaign by beating Falls at Fruithill Park -and pocketing seven points in their 92-65 win. Big Michael Nutt, the new PGL president, was the top performer, skipping his rink to a whopping 32-11 triumph over Paul McEwan.

Results:

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Larne 69 (0) Belmont 92 (7), Ballymena 100 (6.5) Ewarts 56 (0.5), Dunbarton 125 (7) Mossley 56 (0), Ballywalter 74 (2) Pickie 78 (5), Falls 62 (1) Old Bleach 92 (6).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Whitehead 77 (5) Donaghadee 62 (2), Balmoral 77 (2) Carrick 78 (5), Banbridge 75 (3.5) Portadown 75 (3.5), Dungannon 70 (3.5) Dundonald 70 (3.5), Divis 60 (1) Bangor 81 (6).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Letterkenny 69 (2) Portrush 71 (5), Dunluce 65 (2) Limavady 76 (5), Ballymoney 88 (6) Coleraine 64 (1), City of Derry 72 (3) Cookstown 88 (4).

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