Bowls: Greenfield makes his case for Irish recall
Myles Greenfield gave the Ireland selectors a little nudge by winning the Private Greens League fours championship at Jordanstown on Saturday.
The big Dunbarton skip turned in a top performance to bring the title back to Gilford for the first time since 2006.
Greenfield was axed from the Irish side last year — and was then dumped from the PGL team for this season’s Inter-association Championship. He responded in the most positive manner — and now has the opportunity of parading his talent in the Irish Championships at Old Bleach next month.
Greenfield was joined by Michael Higgins, Andrew Hughes and DJ Wilson for a final showdown against David McRandal’s Larne combination.
It may required a last bowl winner in the semis against Jim Baker’s Ballymena, but there was never any sweat about this one as the Dunbarton boys cantered home 23-10.
Mark McPeak is the new open singles champion. The Belmont player defeated Ulster Transport’s Alistair Moore 21-8 in the final.
“I’m over the moon,” he said. “It’s the second time I’ve won the title, but this is much sweeter than my 2005 success.
“It’s been a long road since my first round game in late April. But having the trophy in my hand makes it all worth while.”
Meanwhile, Gary McCloy bridged a 16-year gap by winning the Provincial Bowling Association’s singles championship at Coleraine.
\[Peter Hutcheon\]McCloy defeated Ballymoney’s Gary Kelly – they’ll both represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in India – 21-12 in the final.
Earlier, McCloy was joined by Ian McClure, who is also bound for New Delhi, on the winners’ podium after winning the pairs title, following a 25-12 victory over Coleraine’s Alistair Davison and Mervyn McKeeman.Results: Private Greens League Championships: Open Singles: M McPeak (Belmont) 21 A Moore (Ulster Transport) 8.
Junior singles: T Crawford (Salisbury) 21 S Cavan (Ballywalter) 16.
Youth singles: M Mullan (Forth River) 17 R Kirkwood (Hilden) 21.
Pairs: P Daly, B Thompson (Ulster Transport) 16 R Eynon, A Trueick (Ewarts) 19.
Triples: M Nutt, B Magrath, S Hall (Old Bleach) 15 C Eadie, D Hamilton, R Battersby (Belmont) 14.
Fours: M Higgins, A Hughes, DJ Wilson, M Greenfield (Dunbarton) 23 A Robinson, M Murphy, S Bell, D McRandal (Larne) 10.
Provincial Bowling Association Championships: Open singles: G Kelly (Ballymoney) 12 G McCloy (Portrush) 21.
Junior singles: G Kelly (Ballymoney) 21 A Wilson (Portrush) 4.
Youth singles: JP Fahy (Brooke Park) 21 A Tennant (Ballymoney) 16.
Pairs: I McClure, G McCloy (Portrush) 25 A Davison, M McKeeman (Coleraine) 12.
Triples: M McAleese, D Walker, K Shirley (Ballymoney) 20 A Kennedy, T Mullan U McKeeman (Dunluce) 4.
Fours: A Walker, M McAleese, J Martin, A Paul (Ballymoney) 23 E Sands, P Wallace, M Wilson, C Hogg (Cookstown) 19.
NIBA Senior One: Banbridge 93 (5) Balmoral 76 (2), Lisnagarvey 82 (6) Whitehead 65 (1), Londonderry Park 55 (1) Bangor 81 (6), Divis 104 (7) Dungannon 56 (0), Newcastle 68 (2) Carrick 80 (5), Rathfriland 61 (1.5) Portadown 82 (2.5).