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Falls stun Ewarts as priceless points pull them out of drop zone

 

By Alex Mills

On a day the top three clubs were deprived of action, battling Falls eased their Private Greens League Division One relegation fears with an impressive 25 shots home win against Ewarts.

The seven points gobbled up at Fruithill Park could certainly prove priceless come the end of the campaign.

Falls have now forged their way out of the bottom three and have an ideal chance of pulling further away as they travel to Mossley when the league campaign resumes on July 22.

Ballywalter are firmly rooted at the bottom with Mossley and Ewarts also caught up the battle for survival.

"It was an important win," said Falls' Jim McGetterick. "The team played particularly well. It's nice to be moving up the table.

It was McGetterick's 28-18 win against Victor Atkinson that laid the foundation for the success. Jim Murtagh and John Kerr also played their part by beating Chris Mullen (22-17) and Jack Templeton (23-25).

Michael McCafferty finished the job and sent Falls into the Twelfth break in the best possible shape by beating Peter Martin 17-15.

Meanwhile, Portrush are the new leaders of the Provincial Senior League after racking to a 103-62 win at City of Derry.

They replace Ballymoney at the top for the first time this season - albeit by only half-a-point. Jackie Smyth's was Portrush' top performer, skipping his rink to a 39-19 win against Sean Donaghy.

Ireland international Ian McClure also lent a hand by beating Finabarr Brolly 25-10. But the home team retaliated through Sean Donaghy and Alan Smith, who defeated Simon Colvin (23-21) and Gary McCloy (19-18).

- Former Irish League footballer Darren Erskine has booked his place in Wednesday's quarter finals of the Open pairs at the Bangor Bowls Tournament at Ward Park. The Donaghadee player is joined in the last eight by Ryan Bell (Whitehead), Andy Hughes (Dunbarton), Norman McNeill (BETS), Tom Bodles (Carrickfergus), Gary Eaton junior (Salisbury), Brian Girvan (Pickie) and Paul McVeigh (Pickie).

Results: Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Falls 90 (7) Ewarts 65 (0), Mossley 53 (0) Pickie 85 (6).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association: Coleraine 82 (5) Cookstown 71 (2), City of Derry 62 (2) Portrush 103 (5).

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