Dunbarton show no sign of slipping in title quest
Dunbarton bared their title teeth once again at the weekend with an impressive win over Pickie at Gilford to maintain their relentless push at the top of the PGL Division One table.
They may have had to look on with envy over the past two years when Belmont mounted the winners' rostrum, but Dunbarton are certainly on a mission this time - unbeaten in their 10 league outings.
Indeed, the title scrap is in danger of developing into a two-horse race as the Gilford boys are only one-and-a-half points ahead of fast tracking Ballymena.
The current champions, Belmont, currently occupy third place, but are way off the pace, although they have played one game less.
"There is a long way to go, so we'll be taking nothing for granted," said Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield. "We have been consistent, so we have to be happy with that.
"But Ballymena are breathing down our necks and you can never write off Belmont. We just have to keep it going to see where it takes us."
Greenfield again was in top form against Pickie, skipping his rink to a 28-13 win against Martin Caughey. Mary Trainor and DJ Wilson racked up victories over Neil Belch (23-12) and Billy Angus (27-18), while Conor McCartan ensured the home team of a full quota of points by beating Don Mills 22-19.
Belmont kept their slender hopes alive of retaining the title with a thumping 109-68 win against Old Bleach at their plush new headquarters in East Belfast.
Simon Cavan, who is due to make his Ireland international debut next week, was the chief tormentor, skipping his rink to a jaw-dropping 39-12 win against Neil Mulholland. But it was a day when all Belmont skips clicked as Simon Bennett, Robin Horner and Roy Battersby all returned winning cards.
Bangor and Whitehead are still battling it out at the top of NIBA Division One. The Seasiders picked up another six points at Donaghadee at the weekend to keep them just in front - albeit by only half a point.
Whitehead showed little mercy on relegation haunted Balmoral by easing home by 10 shots and adding another six points to their kitty.
Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Belmont 109 (7) Old Bleach 69 (0), Larne 97 (7) Ewarts 71 (0), Ballymena 92 (7) Mossley 61 (0), Dunbarton 100 (7) Pickie 62 (0), Falls 72 (5) Ballywalter 54 (0).
Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Balmoral 76 (1) Whitehead 86 (6), Banbridge 87 (6) Carrickfergus 56 (1), Dungannon 86 (2.5) Portadown 88 (4.5), Divis 97 (6) Dundonald 72 (1), Donaghadee 66 (1) Bangor 83 (6).
Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Portrush 98 (7) Letterkenny 69 (0), Limavady 76 (5) Dunluce 66 (2), Coleraine 52 (0) Ballymoney 95 (7), Cookstown 102 (7) City of Derry 56 (0).