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Bowls: Belmont in hunt for a hat-trick of trophies

By David Mason

Belmont's Davy Hamilton admits his team will take nothing for granted against Banbridge in tomorrow's IBA Irish Cup quarter final.

The Belfast boys are hot favourites, especially after their fantastic league win over Dunbarton in midweek.

Their 97-63 seven points victory blew the Private Greens League title race wide open and now Belmont are on course for a triple-trophy assault. Now seven-and-a-half points clear at the top of the table – although Dunbarton have two games in hand – they meet Ballmoney in next month's PGL Senior Cup final.

"We'll focus on one game at a time," said Hamilton. "We don't know an awful lot about Banbridge, so we'll go into the game confident but cautious.

"Unfortunately, we have a few players missing – Paul Daly is away on Northern Ireland duty at the Commonwealth Games and Chris Eadie, Simon Cavan and Chris Allen are all unavailable.

"Joe McLaney came in from the midweek team against Dunbarton and did a great job. We played really well as a team; it was a massive result in what was a must-win game for us.

"They still have a couple of games up their sleeve, so we still need a favour to two from others. But at least we're still in there. We'll take one game at a time"

Meanwhile, Divis – who host Pickie – will look to resurrect what has been a disappointing season by claiming a place in the last four. The Belfast team slipped to eighth in NIBA Division One following a horrible midweek defeat by Portadown.

IBA Senior Cup quarter finals: Belmont v Banbridge, Divis v Pickie, Old Bleach v Portadown.

IBA Senior Cup, fourth round: Cookstown v Dunbarton.

IBA Junior Cup quarter finals: Coleraine v Dunbarton, Dungiven v Pickie, Lurgan v Limavady, Railway Union v Ballymena.

NIBA Division One: Lisnagarvey v Balmoral, Dundonald v Castle.

Private Greens League Senior Division One: Larne v Ulster Transport, Ballymena v Ewarts.

Provincial Senior League: Ballymoney v Kilrea, City of Derry v Ballycastle, Portrush v Dunluce, Coleraine v Portglenone.

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