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Hamilton looking to halt holders Bangor


By Alex Mills

Belmont's Davy Hamilton believes today's Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup round three clash with Bangor has the makings of a classic encounter.

The game was delayed for seven days as Belmont hosted Women's Home Internationals last weekend, but with both teams bang in form, something must give.

Belmont go into the match in the best possible shape, having picked up six points from their PGL Division One game at Larne in midweek - a result that keeps them right on the tails of leaders Dunbarton.

Although Bangor are only half a point adrift of NIBA Division One pacesetters Banbridge, the Seasiders have uncharacteristically already lost twice in the league so far.

"We know all about Bangor," said former international Hamilton. "They are the cup holders and will be doing their level best to hold on to the crown.

"Even though we have a pretty good record against them, we know they are still one of the best teams in the country.

"We played them at the quarter finals stage a few years back. The game was staged on Sunday and there were about 500 people at it. We managed to squeeze through on that occasion. I would expect it will be another very tight game."

Both sides are at full strength, which adds a bit of extra spice.

"It's probably the most difficult draw we could be handed," said Bangor's Robert Hastings. "Belmont are a top side with an incredible history in the IBA Cup.

"They have home advantage, but we'll be going there with a positive attitude. Although we have suffered a couple of disappointing results, there is no shortage of confidence."

Fixtures: Irish Bowling Association Senior Cup, round three: Belmont v Bangor.

NI Bowling Association Division One: Lisnagarvey v Banbridge, Whitehead v Lurgan, Donaghadee v Portadown, Divis v Dundonald.

NI Private Greens League Division One: Ballymena v Ulster Transport, Ewarts v Falls, Ards v Old Bleach, Larne v Dunbarton.

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