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Battle for Hastings as Bangor progress

By David Mason

Published 22/06/2015

Bowled over: Matthew Crawford of Bangor anticipates the outcome as a bowl enter the head
Bowled over: Matthew Crawford of Bangor anticipates the outcome as a bowl enter the head

Bangor's Robert Hastings admitted that his team had to rely on all their battling qualities before punching their ticket into the quarter finals of the IBA Senior Cup.

The Seasiders were taken to the wire by a stubborn Portrush side in a epic struggle at Ward Park - only two shots separated the teams at the finish.

"It was a close call," said Hastings. "We knew it would be a battle because Portrush are a top side... and that's the way it turned out.

"We really had to battle. But the team has being doing really well of late following a poor start. We are now unbeaten in seven games, so things are looking up."

Dublin outfit CYM are now due to make the journey to Co Down for the last eight encounter on July 25.

"It's good to have home advantage in the next round, but we'll be taking nothing for granted against CYM," added Bangor man Hastings.

"They are the last BLI side in the tournament, so they'll be wanting to prove a point."

Graham McKee's return to the Bangor side following suspension has coincided with the club's improved form. The Ireland international's 22-17 victory over Gary McCloy laid the foundation for the victory.

Gary Scott and Mark Shannon also played their part by clocking up victories against Jackie Smyth (15-13) and Simon Colvin (20-19).

Irish skipper Ian McClure kept his team in the hunt by beating Hastings 22-16.

CYM, meanwhile, produced one of the third round's top showings by sending the fancied Ballymoney spinning out of the competition.

The Provincial side have suffered more than their fair share of heartbreak in recent years, having been beaten in two finals as well as two semi-finals, but their challenge came to an abrupt end in Dublin with the home team charging to a famous 22 shots victory, in a 80-62 triumph,

Results - Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup, third round: Bangor 73 Portrush 71, Belmont 88 Cookstown 68, CYM 82 Ballymoney 60, Carrick 57 Dunbarton 83, Coleraine 90 Larne 74, City of Derry 72 Whitehead 100, Dromore 57 Ballymena 90, Lurgan 93 Dundonald 65.

Irish Bowling Association Junior Cup, third round: Ballymoney B 89 Falls B 58, Dunbarton 69 Cookstown 99, Forth River 77 Balmoral 82, Portadown B 77 Pickie B 90, Old Bleach B 102 Dunluce 52, Brookgreen 79 Lagan Valley 60, Portrush 73 Kilrea 70, Ulster Transport 46 Whitehead 99.

NI Private Greens League, Division One: Ewarts 57 (2) Ulster Transport 87 (5), Pickie 64 (2) Old Bleach 82 (5).

NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Dunluce 84 (6) Ballycastle 53 (1), Limavady 78 (3) Letterkelly 80 (4).

Cup draws - IBA Senior Cup quarter final: Bangor v CYM, Dunbarton v Lurgan, Whitehead v Coleraine, Ballymena v Belmont.

IBA Junior Cup quarter final: Brookgreen v Forth River, Cookstown v Old Bleach, Pickie v Portrush, Whitehead v Ballymoney.

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