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Balmoral's great start continues as they stay top with Ports victory

By David Mason

Published 09/05/2016

Impressive: Balmoral’s Drew Donaghy returned a great card
Impressive: Balmoral’s Drew Donaghy returned a great card

Having escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, Balmoral are currently setting a hot pace at the top of the NIBA's Division One table.

The Belfast team roared to their third win of the new campaign, raking in six points from the visit of Portadown on Saturday, which keeps them ahead of unbeaten Bangor and title holders Whitehead.

And, their latest success was achieved without the influential Clifford Craig, who was cheering on Linfield in the Irish Cup final against Glenavon.

"We've had a good start to the season which was essential after what happened last year," said Annesley Harrison. "We managed to survive relegation on the final day and we don't want to go through that trauma again."

Drew Donaghy returned the most impressive card following a runaway 34-10 win against Derek Wright. Harrison and Matt Reid also made significant contribution by beating Dayne Jordan (23-7) and Peter Hunniford (25-19).Richard McMullan earned the Ports their only point with a narrow 19-17 success against David Nixon.

Second placed Bangor built on their solid start with another telling victory, this time they returned from Divis with six-and-a-half points. Gerard McGleave prevented the Seasiders from leaving with a full house, having battled out a 19-19 result with Robert Hastings.

Results: Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Dundonald 96 (6) Lisnagarvey 87 (1), Donaghadee 92 (6) Dromore 56 (1), Balmoral 99 (1) Portadown 55 (1), Whitehead 86 (7) Banbridge 63 (0), Divis 58 (0.5) Bangor 83 (6.5).

NI Private Greens League Division One: Larne 87 (6) Ulster Transport 76 (1), Belmont 72 (3) Dunbarton 74 (4), Pickie 89 (6) NICS 63 (1), Mossley 76.75 (6) Ewarts 68 (1).

NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Dunluce 82 (5.5) Letterkenny 69 (1.5), Ballymoney 70 (7) Portrush 40 (0), Limavady 74 (1) Cookstown 81 (6), Ballycastle 74 (1) Coleraine 106 (6), City of Derry 73 (3.5) Portglenone 73 (3.5).

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