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Hot Dunbarton in sight of treble

By David Mason

Published 24/08/2015

Victory roar: Dunbarton celebrate clinching the IBA Senior Cup, their second trophy in the space of three days
Victory roar: Dunbarton celebrate clinching the IBA Senior Cup, their second trophy in the space of three days

There is a real possibility that Dunbarton could run out of champagne before the end of the season.

They are already nursing a double hangover this morning following two cup triumphs in the space of 48 hours - and they still have their PGL Division title defence to attend to.

It's been a roller-coaster finale for the Gilford boys, who began their celebrations with an easy PGL Senior Cup triumph over Willowfield at Jordanstown on Thursday night.

But the bubbly appeared to be turning flat when they faced Ballymena in the IBA Senior Cup final at Randalstown on Saturday.

The Sky Blues, who were looking for their third success, led by 26 shots with only five ends remaining. But Dunbarton produced a remarkable revival to snatch a dramatic and unexpected victory, winning by six shots.

"I'm still trying to take it all in," admitted Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield. "We looked dead and buried, but somehow found an extra gear to pull us through.

"Two cup wins in three days is a dream. We've now got to knuckle down and hopefully make a successful defence of our league title over the remaining few games."

It was DJ Wilson who did the damage against a shell-shocked Ballymena side, who played superbly well for the first 15 ends.

Wilson reeled in a count of seven on the 19th end, followed by a four on the final end to rack up a 27-24 win against Jim Baker, the current Irish team boss.

The rink skipped by Andy Hughes also made a significant impact. They enjoyed a 30-11 victory against Nigel Robinson's combination.

Cookstown produced an equally thrilling finale in the Junior Cup final against Whitehead B at Larne to secure the trophy for only the second time following a nail-biting one-shot win.

Whitehead were officially crowned NIBA Division One champions following their home win (92-73) over Dundonald.

And in the Provincial Senior League, Ballymoney's 93-58 win over Coleraine has edged them closer to retaining the title.

RESULTS: Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup final: Ballymena 76 Dunbarton 82.

Irish Bowling Association Junior Cup final: Cookstown 77 Whitehead 76.

Irish Bowling Association Intermediate Cup final: Sydenham 83 Ballywalter 78.

NI Private Greens League Division One: Old Bleach 70 (2) Larne 83 (5), Ulster Transport 76 (1.5) Pickie 95 (5.5), Ards 90 (7) Willowfield 64 (0).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Lisnagarvey 85 (6) Bangor 72 (1), Portadown 77 (4) Lurgan 74 (3), Banbridge 86 (6) Balmoral 64 (1), Whitehead 92 (5) Dundonald 73 (2).

NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Limavady 43 (1) Cookstown 101 (6), Dunluce 94 (7) Portglenone 53 (0), Ballymoney 93 (5.5) Coleraine 78 (1.5).

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