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Ruthless Divis tear up title script

By William Cherry

Divis blew the NIBA Division One championship race wide open following a thumping win over title favourites Whitehead at Islandmagee Road on Saturday.

Even though the influential Marty McHugh and JR Wilson were both missing from the home team's starting line-up, the Belfast boys were much too hot and they fully deserved the six points that shot them up to fourth place.

"To be honest, I don't remember the last time Whitehead lost at home," beamed Divis's Brendan Power. "We went into the game on the back of a horrible midweek loss at home to Portadown.

"Saying that, we were missing six players for that match. But with a full strength squad available, we regrouped for the challenge at Whitehead and are over the moon with six points. The result opens up the league race."

Ronan Cregan was Divis' top performer, skipping his rink to an impressive 19-12 win over Philip Gilmartin. Power and Gerard McGleave also made a significant contribution by claiming wins against Barry Browne (18-13) and Stephen McKinley (19-13).

Stephen Moran picked up Whitehead's only point by beating Patrick McCafferty 19-16.

Private Greens League, Senior Division One: Larne 89 (5) Ewarts 72 (2), Belmont 73 (2) Ulster Transport 83 (5), Ballymena 84 (6) Old Bleach 73 (1), Willowfield 73 (1) Pickie 83 (6).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Castle 74 (1) Dundonald 87 (6), Banbridge 78 (5) Bangor 70 (2), Bnalmoral 86 (5) Lisnagarvey 73 (2), Portadown 90 (5) Donaghadee 70 (2), Whitehead 57 (0) Divis 67 (6).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Associaiton Senior League: Kilrea 55 (0) Ballymoney 111 (7), Ballycastle 79 (1) City of Derry 80 (6), Dunluce 58 (1) Portrush 76 (6), Letterkenny 62 (2) Cookstown 93 (5), Portglenone 61 (1.5) Coleraine 85 (5.5).

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