Belmont bowling team brushed aside by ‘bogey team’ Dunbarton
Belmont are rapidly becoming sick of the sight of their Private Greens League rivals Dunbarton.
Last week, the Gilford boys dumped Belmont out of the first round of IBA Senior Cup.
On Saturday, they made the journey to east Belfast for a senior league showdown at Kincora Avenue. But yet again, Belmont were left licking their wounds.
"They are becoming our bogey team," admitted Belmont's Davy Hamilton.
"Dunbarton did the same last season, ending our five year reign in the Irish Cup and then they beat us in the league which practically ended our chances of winning the title.
"But it's only our first defeat of the season, so we have time to repair the damage."
It means, however, Belmont are again playing catch-up — seven points off pacesetters, Ballymena, who have pocketed 26 from their four starts.
Dunbarton, looking for their fourth successive title win, are only one point behind, with Old Bleach in third place on 23-and-a-half points.
Belmont's Stuart Bennett's 23-15 win over Clifford Dennison prevented the Craigavon team from leaving with full points.
Stevie Adamson produced an excellent display to beat Davy Hamilton 22-13; Derek Wilson defeated Roy Battersby (24-15), while Conor McCartan enjoyed a 20-12 win over Tony Budde.
Ballymena romped to a 40 shots victory over PSNI, with Sammy Allen, Stephen Coleman, Andy Kyle and Nigel Robinson all returning winning cards.
And, Old Bleach maintained their push at the top with an excellent five points against Ulster Transport at Jordanstown. Michael Nutt and James Talbot were the successful skips.
Results: Private Greens League Senior League: Ballymena 7pts PSNI 0, Belmont 1 Dunbarton 6, Cavehill 1 NICS 6, Falls 7 Ewarts 0, Mossley 4 Castleton 3, Ulster Transport 2 Old Bleach 5, Pickie 5 Ballywalter 2, Willowfield 1.5 Larne 5.5.
Division Two: Albert Foundry 5 Crawfordsburn 2, Ards 1.5 Cliftonville 5.5, Comber 5 Malone 2, Forth River 7 Ballymena Park 0, Hilden 6 Salisbury 1.
NIBA Senior League: Donaghadee 6 Dromore 1, Newcastle 2 Divis 5, Lurgan 4.5 Lisnagarvey 2.5, Carrickfergus 1 Balmoral 6, Londonderry Park 6.5 Curran 0.5.
Division Two: Finaghy 6 Clarendon 1, Rathfriland 7 Mountainview 0, Sydenham 6 Musgarve 1, Dunganon 5 Bessbrook 2.
Provincial Senior League: Cookstown 6 City of Derry 1, Dunluce 2 Portrush 5, Ballymoney 6 Brookgreen 1, Portrush 2 Ballymoney 5, Portglenone 0 Cookstown 7, Limavady 1.5 Brookgreen 5.5, Brooke Park 2 Dunluce 5.
Women's Saturday Morning League: Alison McClean 8 Dessa Baird 16; Paula Montgomery 13 Mairead McGuigan 15; Liz Bruce 12 Sally McAuley 18; Mandy Cunningham w/o Julie Corbett.
Meanwhile, the Private Greens League have introduced two new players for the IBA Inter-association Championship, staged in Dublin on May 29-30.
Dunbarton's Ian Perry has been drafted into the team, along with Stephen Braniff, from Pickie.
Anyone unable to travel must contact: John Nutt 02891458833 or email: email@example.com
PGL team: Rink one: M Higgins (Dunbarton), S Braniff (Pickie), D McRandal (Larne), R Horner (Belmont).
Rink two: P Daly (Ulster Transport), P McEwan (Falls), DJ Wilson (Dunbarton), B Thompson (Ulster Transport).
Rink three: I Perry (Dunbarton), M Nutt (Old Bleach), A Kyle (Ballymena), N Booth (Old Bleach).
Rink four: M McPeak (Belmont), S McKinley (Ulster Transport), J Talbot (Old Bleach), M Greenfield (Dunbarton).
Rink five: J Millar (Ballymena), C Dennison (Dunbarton), S Hall (Old Bleach), A Montgomery (NICS).
Reserves: S Bennett (Belmont), T Budde (Belmont), T Mulholland (Dunbarton).
Ireland's rink of Karen Woodside, Mandy Cunningham, Sandra Bailie and Bernie O'Neill won a bronze medal in the fours at the Atlantic Rim Games in South Africa.
The Irish finished in sixth position from the four disciplines in the women's section, while the men secured fourth place.