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Ballymoney's Gary Kelly relishing World clash with England ace

Ballymoney's Gary Kelly remained unfazed when he was yesterday pulled out of the hat against England's Greg Harlow in the World Singles Championship.

It's among the toughest possible draws for the Ireland international as the Norfolk man is currently seeded number two in the World Bowls Tour ratings.

"Any draw at this level is always a daunting task," said Kelly, just back from the Hong Kong Classic.

"It's a challenge and one that I must meet head on. It's been a few years since I've appeared on the blue portable rink, so I'm looking forward to it."

The opening round tie provides the Ballybrakes Stadium man with the opportunity of reaping a little revenge on Harlow as the England ace dumped Kelly's international team mate Mark McPeak out of the Scottish International Open earlier this month.

The World Championship gets under way at Potters Leisure Resort on January 9.

* Mid-Ulster's Seamus Kyne insists his team must up the ante in the IIBA's Men's Inter-zone Championship second round tie against Mid Antrim at Killymurris tomorrow.

The record-breaking Mid Ulster side, who have scribbled their name on the Boomer Cup on 10 occasions, were far from impressive in their opening match against Larne.

But with Alan Paul, fresh from his triples Champion of Champions win, Colm McHugh, Damien McElroy, Dayne Jordan and Mark Wilson all on show, Mid Ulster look good to progress.

"The selectors have named the same team that narrowly came through against Larne, but they are looking for a vast improvement," rapped Kyne.

Fixtures IIBA Men's Inter-zone, second round: Oriel v North Belfast, Lisburn v Mid Tyrone, Mid Antrim v Mid Ulster, Western v Northern, South Tyrone v Foyle, Mid Down v North Eastern, West Down v North West, Cork v Monaghan.

IIBA Men's Shield: Armagh v North Down; S/E Belfast v Donegal; East Antrim v Larne; South Down v Meath.

* County Antrim's Trevor Robinson and Andy Kyle put their AIIB National pairs title on the line at Ballymoney tomorrow.

The Parkgate boys will be favourites to see off the threat of Belfast's Fred Murdock and John Nutt.

AIIB National pairs qualifier: B Hughes, W McCaw (BCIBC) v R Millar, K Matchett (BIBC); I Craig, N Mulholland (BIBC) v R Coleman, B Thompson (CAIBC); M Martin, M McKeown (BIBC) v D Nixon, M Merritt (BIBC); P Prunty, P McEwan (BIBC) v R Allen, S Colvin (BCIBC); JR Nicholl, J Hodges (CAIBC) v S Martin, J McCullough (BIBC); F Murdock, J Nutt (BIBC) v T Robinson, A Kyle (CAIBC); A Coleman, S Coleman sen v A Kennedy, B Kane (BCIBC); S Falls, N Robinson (BCIBC) v M McPeak, S Bennett (BIBC).

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