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Greenfield leads Dunbarton to a bowls treble

By David Mason

Dunbarton yesterday made it a day to remember in the Private Greens League Championships by walking away with three titles at a soggy Fruithill Park.

After the entire programme was wiped out on Saturday due to the horrendous weather conditions, the Gilford boys were not to be denied even though yesterday's games were also disrupted.

But following great work by Falls Bowling Club officials, who were forced to 'sponge' the green after another downpour, the matches finally reached a conclusion.

It was Myles Greenfield who led the charge by skipping his Dunbarton rink to an impressive 21-14 win over Paul McEwan from the host club in the morning session.

After lunch, it was DJ Wilson and Andy Hughes who took up the baton by winning the pairs and the fours.

"It was a fabulous effort by the boys," beamed Greenfield. "Picking up three PGL titles is a great achievement.

"We've had a decent enough season as we are still in the hunt for the league title. The success at Falls sets us up nicely for the last few weeks of the campaign."

Greenfield was joined by Michael Higgins, Hughes and Wilson in the fours. They had too much in the locker the Falls rink, skipped by McEwan, who had Adrian Coyle, Paul O'Neil and Paul McVeigh in front of him.

The pairs title was always destined for Gilford due to the fact that Conor McCartan and Wilson went head to head with their Dunbarton team mates, Ryan McElroy and Chris Mulholland, in the final.

On this occasion McCartan, who made his Ireland debut in last month's Home Internationals, and Wilson roared to a 24-12 victory.

Higgins, Hughes and Bell joined forces for the triples and, even though they were taken to the wire by the Larne side skipped by Paul Robinson, the Dunbarton lads triumphed 18-13.

The finals of the remaining two disciplines, the open singles and Under-25 singles, will take place on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the NIBA and Provincial finals, scheduled for Carrick and Portglenone – they were also washed out at the weekend – will be staged in midweek.

Private Greens League results: Youth singles: R Cavan (Pickie) 20 S Kirkwood (Old Bleach) 21. Pairs: R McElroy, C Mulholland 12 C McCartan, DJ Wilson (Dunbarton) 24. Triples: M Higgins, T Bell, A Hughes (Dunbarton) 18 N Todd, M Murphy, P Robinson (Larne) 13. Fours: A Coyle, P O'Neill, P McVeigh, P McEwan (Falls) 14 M Higgins, A Hughes, DJ Wilson, M Greenfield (Dunbarton) 21. Senior fours: J McLaney, R Barr, R Horner, R Battersby (Belmont) 19 G Neill, A Mairs, L King, D Snoddy (Larne) 18.

FIXTURES: Thursday August 7: Singles: M McPeak (Belmont) v A Morrison (Ballymena). Under-25 singles: S Shields (Ballymena) v S Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

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