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Corkhill happy as women start series with impressive win

By Alex Mills

Ireland boss David Corkill yesterday admitted he was 'delighted' with his team's opening performance in the Women's Home International Series at Llandindod Wells. The Irish romped to a 127-92 win over Jersey, but pragmatic Corkill knows there will be bigger tests up ahead.

"It was a good start but we'll not become carried away," said Corkill. "We'll be tested to the full tomorrow with England and Scotland looming, but it's games we can look forward to."

Paula Montgomery was Ireland top performer, skipping her rink to an impressive 21-14 win against Doreen Moon.

Ballymena held their nerve to book a place in the quarter finals of the IBA Senior Cup after a nail-biting two shots win over Dunluce at Bushmills.

Although they triumphed on three rinks, Barry Kane's impressive 26-17 win over his international team mate Stephen Coleman ensured the visitors were made to sweat over their proposed clash with Banbridge in the last eight on July 22.

Ballymena's Nigel Robinson turned in an excellent performance, skipping his rink to a 20-14 win against Aaron Walker.

Jim Baker and Andy Duncan played a significant part in the Sky Blues' success by beating Rodney Kane (24-21) and Uel McKeeman (21-19).

Holders, Belmont, agonisingly crashed out of the tournament, losing by only one shot to St James's Gate in sunny Dublin.

Results

Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup quarter final results: Ballymoney 96 Larne 54, Ballywalter 56 Bangor 96, Portrush 78 Coleraine 62, Banbridge 89 Falls 58, Dunluce 80 Ballymena 82, Carrickfergus 61 Old Bleach 91, CYM 70 Whitehead 79, St James's Gate 74 Belmont 73.

IBA Senior Cup, quarter finals (July 22): Old Bleach v Whitehead, St James's Gate v Bangor, Ballymoney v Portrush, Banbridge v Ballymena.

NIPGL Division One: Mossley 56 (0) Dunbarton 108 (7).

NIBA Division One: Donaghadee 85 (6) Balmoral 69 (1), Divis 94 (6) Portadown 62.25 (1).

NIPBA Senior League: Letterkenny 53 (1) Cookstown 73 (6).

Women's Home Internationals: Wales 109 Scotland 138 (K Pearce 21 K Dawson 28, W Price 14 L Smith 17, E Woodcock 13 L Baillie 21, J Sims 26 E Cameron 17, I Jones 9 M Letham 31, A Butten 26 S McDougall 24).Jersey 70 England 160 Ireland 127 Jersey 92 England 150 Wales 84.

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