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Dunbarton hoping to get big favour in bid for glory

 

By Alex Mills

Dunbarton's slim Private Greens League Division One title hopes go under the microscope tomorrow night - and they won't even be playing.

With the finish line now in sight, the Gilford team approach their final two matches - against Ballywalter and Falls - with a slender one-point lead over fast-tracking Ballymena.

However, the Sky Blues have one big advantage - they have three games to complete. They'll be expected to reel in the required amount of points at home to Falls and away to Pickie, so it puts extra significance on tomorrow night's showdown at Belmont.

Don't be surprised if Dunbarton supporters arrive on the Upper Newtownards Road in big numbers to cheer on the home team because this is a game that will almost certainly decide the destination of the league crown.

"It's quite a finish to the league campaign," said Davy Hamilton, a member of the Belmont side that has lifted the title for the past two years.

"We are out of the equation this time, but a lot rests with this match against Ballymena. It's their game in hand so they know that a victory would put them firmly in the driving seat.

"It should be a cracking game. I'm sure the Dunbarton boys will be keeping close tabs on it."

Ballymena maintained their push at the weekend by gobbling up six and a half points from their visit Ballywalter.

Although Dunbarton won at home against Old Bleach, they were beaten on two rinks - and those lost points could be crucial.

Meanwhile, Whitehead require only five points at home to Dungannon next time out to retain the NIBA Division One Championship.

The title race took a dramatic twist in midweek when the East Antrim boys won at second-placed Bangor. Three points now separate the sides with only one game each remaining - the Seasiders are at home to Portadown in the last match.

Results

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Pickie 66 (1) Belmont 85 (6), Falls 57 (1) Larne 107 (6), Ballywalter 56 (0.5) Ballymena 97 (6.5), Mossley 74 (2) Ewarts 83 (5), Dunbarton 104 (5) Old Bleach 81 (2).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Portadown 87 (7) Dundonald 52 (0), Carrickfergus 52 (0) Bangor 95 (7), Whitehad 140 (7) Divis 46 (0), Balmoral 92 (6) Dungannon 61 (1), Banbridge 102 (6) Donaghadee 63 (1).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Letterkenny 86 (5.5) City of Derry 67 (1.5), Limavady 70 (2) Portrush 86 (5), Dunluce 76 (5) Coleraine 72 (2), Ballymoney 75 (2) Cookstown 82 (5).

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