Dunbarton left frustrated after failure to clinch maximum points
Title holders Dunbarton were a tinge disappointed they failed to pick up all seven points against NI Private Greens League Division One new boys Salisbury at Gilford on Saturday.
On a day when most games fell victim of the horrendous wintry weather conditions, the reigning champions did get off to a winning start but missed out on an expected 'full house'.
Dunbarton have been the benchmark for every PGL team, having brought the big prize back to their excellent Gilford base for the past two seasons.
And, although Ballymena, Belmont and possibly Larne and Old Bleach have the capacity to muscle in on Dunbarton's domination, it's going to be a big ask.
"We were pushed to the wire by Ballymena and Belmont last season and I expect it will be something similar this time," said Dunbarton's Miles Greenfield.
"We've got off to a good start, even though we did drop one point. It's important to pick up as many possible at home. We are working of a big first team squad this season, which will be a help but there will be big tests up ahead."
It was Alan Paul who inflicted most of the damage on Salisbury, skipping his rink to 35-14 win over George Eaton junior's combination.
Conor McCartan and DJ Wilson made a significant contribution by beating Nathan Haire (27-17) and Terry Crawford (31-14).
George Eaton senior's narrow 17-16 success over Marty Trainor reeled in Salisbury's first point.
It was also business as usual for Whitehead, who roared to a seven-point win (122-47) away at Portadown.
Once again, the East Antrim side set down an early marker with a dominant performance, with James Caldwell skipping his rink to a stunning 38-12 success over Dayne Jordan.
Martin McHugh, Barry Browne and Stephen McKinley completed the rout with wins against Mark Sproule (26-10), Davy Pedan (31-10) and Aidan Corrigan (27-15).
NI Bowling Association Division One: Portadown 47 (0) Whitehead 122 (7), Banbridge 86 (7) Doaghadee 59 (0).
NI Private Greens League Division One: Ballymena B 88 (6) Falls 66 (1), Dunbarton 109 (6) Salisbury 62 (1).
NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Cookstown 73 (4) Limavady 63 (3).