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Whitehead and Bangor are the teams to catch in title race

 

By Luke Hope

Even after only five games, the NIBA Division One title race appears to have developed into a two team race.

There is little doubt that current champions Whitehead or hot rivals Bangor will be on the winners' podium come the end of August, as both clubs again flexed their title credentials at the weekend.

Whitehead left Ballybeen estate with a full quota of points following a crushing 45 shots win over Dundonald, while the Seasiders demolished rock bottom Balmoral, winning by a staggering 51 shots at Ward Park.

Only two points separate the teams at the top of the table, with the County Down boys setting the pace -- they have forged 14-and-a-half points ahead of third placed Portadown

"There is a long way to go," said Bangor's Robert Hastings. "We've made a good start to the league campaign, but we have to keep that going. Whitehead are right on our tails and they'll be ready to pounce if we slip up. We go there next week, so it will be a big test for both clubs."

Gary Scott led the charge against a Balmoral side in danger of being cast adrift at the bottom. The Bangor man skipped his rink to a 29-12 victory over Drew Donaghy.

There was just no let-up for the Belfast side as Keith Taylor, Mark Shannon and Hastings all chalked up victories against Clifford Craig (21-18), Matt Reid (26-10) and Annesley Harrison (27-12).

Dunbarton moved clear at the top of PGL Division One following a hard-fought three shots win at Ewarts - the visitors pocketing a crucial six points.

Ballymena remain only two points behind, courtesy of a commanding 91-72 home win over current champions Belmont, who now face a massive test of character to reel in the top two.

Stephen Coleman that did most of the damage for a rampant Ballymena side, recording an impressive 27-12 victory against Stuart Bennett. Andy Duncan also chipped in with a 20-16 success over Roy Battersby.

Battered Belmont left with only one point.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Bangor 103 (7) Balmoral 52 (0), Dundonald 54 (0) Whitehead 99 (7), Portadown 81 (6.5) Carrickfergus 69 (0.5), Divis 100 (7) Banbridge 62 (0), Donaghadee 83 (6) Dungannon 65 (1).

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Pickie 86 (6) Falls 66 (1), Mossley 89 (6) Ballywalter 67 (1), Ewarts 90 (1) Dunbarton 93 (6), Ballymena 91 (6) Belmont 71 (1), Old Bleach 73 (1.5) Larne 85 (5.5).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Ballymoney 123 (7) Letterkenny 37 (1), Coleraine 79 (6) Porrrush 77 (1), City of Derry 62 (1) Dunluce 89 (6), Cookstown 96 (7) Limavady 52 (0).

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