Belfast Telegraph

Gilford boys are shaping up to net a double victory

By David Mason

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield believes his team are in the best possible shape approaching the business end of the season. The Gilford boys roared into the semi-final of the IBA Senior Cup following an impressive 95-57 win over Portrush at the weekend and coupled with their position at the top of the PGL Division One table, they are on course for a double celebration.

"There is no chance of any complacency creeping in," warns Greenfield. "We've had a good season and the Irish Cup semi-final against Belmont will look after itself, but we've won nothing yet.

"The title race is still evenly balanced. Belmont nudged half-a-point ahead of us after their win over Falls on Saturday, but we still have a game in hand.

"There are a lot of big matches coming up. Ballymena could hold the key because they still have to play ourselves and Belmont. There is also a difficult outing at Old Bleach we must negotiate.

"It has the makings of a fantastic two or three weeks to the end of the season, but we'll certainly be taking nothing for granted."

Conor McCartan, who made his Ireland debut in last month's Home Internationals, was Dunbarton's top performer, skipping his rink to a 30-13 win over Portrush's Simon Colvin. Greenfield and DJ Wilson also played a significant part by beating Gary McCloy (26-12) and Ian McClure (23-13).

Jackie Smyth prevented the home team from claiming a full house with a narrow 19-16 victory against Andy Hughes.

Old Bleach booked their spot in the decider with a 98-69 win over Divis at Fruithill Park.

The Private Greens League team won on all four rinks, courtesy of Commonwealth Games silver medal winner Neil Booth, Johnny Millar, James Talbot and Michael Nutt.

Meanwhile, Ballymoney moved six points clear at the top of the Provincial Senior League after a one-shot win (79-78) over nearest challengers Cookstown.

With only three games remaining – against Coleraine, City of Derry and Portrush – the County Antrim lads are now favourites to retain the title.

Results: IBA Senior Cup quarter-final: Dunbarton 95 Portrush 57. IBA Senior Cup semi-final: Divis 69 Old Bleach 98. IBA Junior Cup semi-finals: Ballymena 65 Limavady 99, Dungiven 60 Coleraine 89. Private Greens League Senior Division One: Larne 85 (6) Pickie 73 (1), Forth River 54 (0) Ulster Transport 104 (7), Belmont 103 (7) Falls 51 (0), Willowfield 80 (4) Ewarts 73 (3). Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Whitehead 106 (5) Donaghadee 66 (2), Portadown 64 (1) Dundonald 86 (6), Castle 79 (0.5) Lisnagarvey 93 (6.5), Balmoral 66 (1) Bangor 58 (6). Provincial Senior League: Ballymoney 79 (5) Cookstown 78 (2), Portglenone 78 (2) Ballycastle 81 (5), City of Derry 59 (2) Letterkenny 86 (5).

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