Bowling: McCaw thrilled to clinch provincial title
Nicky McCaw held his nerve on a night of late drama to win the Provincial Bowling Association's singles title for the first time at Portstewart on Saturday.
As the darkness fell on the County Londonderry venue, the Ballymoney man produced a devastating late surge to beat his club colleague Martin McAleese 21-15, which not only earned him the crown but a place in next month's Irish Championships.
"It's great to bring the trophy back to Ballymoney," said McCaw after his triumph.
"The club had three players through to the semi-finals, so I suppose the odds were in our favour.
"But you can take nothing for granted in this game. I knew it would be a battle against Martin, so it was a matter of staying physically and mentally strong."
Meanwhile, there was also a new name on the Private Greens League singles trophy.
Dunbarton's Peter Convery popped the bubbly following an impressive 21-10 win over Ballymena's Andy Morrison, who was defending the crown.
And there was just no stopping Marty McHugh in the NIBA singles, although he was taken to the wire by young Mitchell Albert in an epic final.
The big Whitehead man edged home by only one shot (21-20), which earned him the crown for a record-breaking seventh time.
Results: NIBA Championships finals: Singles: M McHugh (Whitehead) 21 M Albert (Balmoral) 0.
Junior singles: D Anderson (Carrick) 17 S Jess (Lisnagarvey) 21.
Youth singles: R Ruddock (Whitehead) 21 D Bodles (Carrick) 16.
Pairs: P O'Keefe, A O'Keefe (Banbridge) 18 R Cregan, G McGleave (Divis) 21.
Triples: A Corrigan, M Sproule, R McMullan (Portadown) 21 R Cregan, L Wright, G McGleave (Divis) 14.
Fours: M Hastings, T Cannavan, G McKee, R Hastings (Bangor) 26 M Whitla, A Corrigan, M Sproule, R McMullan (Portadown) 8.
Senior fours: D Tumilty, P O'Keefe, E McCourt, I Gallagher (Banbridge) 22 T Turkington, S Moore, A Bickerstaff, J Kane (Balmoral) 11.
Singles: N McCaw (Ballymoney) 21 M McAleese (Ballymoney) 15.
Junior singles: J Jacob (Letterkenny) 11 D O'Kane (Letterkenny) 21.
Youth singles: S Martin (Ballymoney) 21 M Williamson (Dunluce) 13.
Pairs: B Hughes, G Kelly (Ballymoney) 19 R Kane, B Kane (Dunluce) 20.
Triples: J Shepherd, P Wallace, M Wilson (Cookstown) 19 R Miller, D Gaile, J Calvin (Coleraine) 14.
Fours: A Tennant, A Walker, A Paul, G Kelly (Ballymoney) 20 P O'Neill, A Irwin, A Davison, I Ross (Coleraine) 5.
Senior fours: S Walker, H Paul, T Smith, W McCaw (Ballymoney) 15 R Aspinall, T Allen, D Mitchell, N Glasgow (Cookstown) 23.
Singles: A Morrison (Ballymena) 10 P Convery (Dunbarton) 21.
Junior singles: J Watson (Pickie) 14 R Bell (Mossley) 21.
Youth singles: S Barkley (Old Bleach) 7 A McKeown (Mossley) 21.
Pairs: C Eadie, R Battersby (Belmont) 13 P Daly, S Martin (Belmont) 26.
Triples: S Shields, G Wilson, A Morrison (Ballymena) 20 Dean Mills, J Watson, Donald Mills (Pickie) 9.
Fours: B Scott, N McNally, B Trimble, N Booth (Old Bleach) 20 B Smyth, G Johnston, J Kerr, A Kyle (Larne) 7.
Senior rinks: JR Nicholl, R Coleman, J Hodges, R Torrington (Ballymena) 19 J Mooney, R Nesbitt, R McAteer, W Angus (Pickie) 18.