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Old Bleach boys refuse to get carried away with perfect start

By Alex Mills

Old Bleach maintained their unbeaten start to the Private Greens League Division campaign, but James Talbot insists they are not getting carried away.

The Randalstown team made it three wins on the bounce by roaring to a 33-shots victory over Pickie on Saturday, adding another six points to their early tally.

Having dumped Belmont out of the PGL Senior Cup at the first-round stage on Thursday night, it was a profitable 48 hours for the Bleach Boys.

"We've made a decent start, but that's all," said Talbot. "We picked up five points from our opening home game against Ards, but there was only one shot in it at the finish.

"However, we won well at Larne and then kept the momentum going at the weekend against Pickie. The secret now is keeping it going on a consistent basis."

Ireland international Neil Mulholland was the top Old Bleach performer. He skipped his rink to an impressive 33-16 win against Paul McVeigh.

Neil Booth, the Irish team boss, and Stephen Kirkwood also made a significant contribution by beating Don Mills (28-13) and Neil Belch (18-16). Billy Angus' narrow 18-16 victory over Maurice Kirkwood ensured the visitors would leave with a point.

Banbridge meanwhile, maintained their unbeaten start to their Division One campaign by defeating Bangor by a whooping 32 shots at Ward Park.

It was a fantastic showing by Banbridge, who benefited from an influx of Dunbarton players ahead of the new season.

Aaran O'Keefe turned in a superb showing to defeat Mark Shannon, while there were victories from Clifford Dennison and Geoff Blakely, who defeated Robert Hastings (26-11) and Gary Scott (23-10). Keith Taylor registered Bangor's only winning rink with a 16-15 success against Brendan Davis.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Dunbarton 88 (5) Belmont 62 (1), Old Bleach 95 (6) Pickie 63 (1), Falls 84 (6) Larne 71 (1), Ballymena 116 (6) Ards 57 (1) , Ulster Transport 98 (6.5) Ewarts 67 (0.5).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Portadown 72 (1) Balmoral 99 (6), Lurgan 70 (2) Lisnagarvey 76 (5), Bangor 56 (1) Banbridge 88 (6), Divis 82 (2) Donaghadee 87 (5).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Cookstown 66 (1) Portrush 83 (6), Coleraine 81 (1.5) Limavady 82 (5.5) Ballymoney 120 (7) Limavady 47 (0), Portglenone 84 (5) Dunluce 82 (2).

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