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Bangor keeping feet on ground in double quest, insists Hastings

 

Staying cool: Robert Hastings is taking nothing for granted
Staying cool: Robert Hastings is taking nothing for granted

By Alex Mills

Relentless Bangor are closing in on a Northern Ireland Bowling Association double success.

The Seasiders hardened their challenge at the top of the Division One table at Ward Park by demolishing Sydenham and picking up another seven points.

Current champions Whitehead - three points adrift having played one game more - did their bit by securing a full quota from their visit to Lurgan.

With Bangor to face Balmoral in their outstanding game on Thursday, that gap could be extended and, with only five games remaining, the blue and yellow ribbons may be draped on the trophy sooner rather than later.

Bangor, of course, have already won the NIBA Senior Cup.

Bangor's Robert Hastings said: "We'll be taking nothing for granted. It's now basically a one game at a time policy.

"It's been a two-horse race for some time, so it's a matter of trying to keep our noses in front.

"There are still a lot of points to play for and I know Whitehead will keep the pressure on."

On a day hampered by rain storms, the Seasiders were not to be denied.

They adapted to the tricky conditions and romped home courtesy of rink wins from Hastings, Mark Shannon, Gary Scott and Keith Taylor.

Meanwhile, the weather possibly cost Dunbarton their place at the top of the Private Greens League Division One table.

They made the trip to Broadway to face Pickie but the heavens opened and the match was duly postponed. Belmont faced Old Bleach at their Randalstown base and returned with seven points, which promoted them to the top - by only half a point.

Results: Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Ballymena 105 (7) Salisbury 62 (0), Old Bleach 69 (0) Belmont 91 (7).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Bangor 132 (7) Sydenham 45 (0), Lurgan 52 (0) Whitehead 93 (7), Donaghadee 84 (4) Dundonald 83 (3).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Cookstown 88 (6) Ballymoney 66 (1), Portrush 61 (1) Coleraine 68 (6).

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