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Graham eager to banish his pairs drought

Noel Graham will be looking to turn back the clock in the Northern Ireland Bowling Association Championships at Balmoral today (stock photo)
Noel Graham will be looking to turn back the clock in the Northern Ireland Bowling Association Championships at Balmoral today (stock photo)

By Alex Mills

Noel Graham will be looking to turn back the clock in the Northern Ireland Bowling Association Championships at Balmoral today.

The Lisnagarvey man hasn't had his hands on the pairs trophy since 1993, but the former Ireland international is determined to erase that horrible statistic when he and club colleague Philip Cromie line out for a final showdown against Bangor's Thomas Carson and Matthew Crawford.

"It's been a long time since I won the title for the first time back in 1990 - it seems like a lifetime ago," said Graham.

"I was also fortunate enough to do it again three years later.

"My last appearance in the pairs final was back in 2002, but Cecil Aiken and I were beaten on that occasion.

"It's been a long road to the final, so hopefully we can make the most of it.

"But we know it will be a tough, tough game against the Bangor lads. All we can do is give it our best shot."

Meanwhile, there will be a guaranteed new name on the Private Greens League singles trophy at Ballymena, where Stuart Bennett of Belmont and Dunbarton's Alan Paul will battle it out for the right to be crowned champion.

Northern Ireland Private Greens League

Singles: S Bennett (Belmont) v A Paul (Dunbarton).

Under-18 Singles: A Conly (Mossley) v J Kidd (Dunbarton).

Under-25 Singles: D Mills (Belmont) v R Kirkwood (Old Bleach).

Pairs: D Duncan, A Duncan (Ballymena) v B Trimble, N Booth (Old Bleach).

Triples: M Nutt (Old Bleach) v C Mullan (Ewarts).

Fours: D Mills (Pickie) v S Martin (Belmont).

Senior Fours: P McEwan (Falls) v N McNally (Old Bleach).

Northern Ireland Bowling Association

Singles: C Gaw (Donaghadee) v C Todd (Whitehead).

Under-18 Singles: P Haughey (Banbridge) v D Donnan (Donaghadee).

Under-25 Singles: R Wallace (Curran) v S Wallace (Whitehead).

Pairs: T Carson, M Crawford (Bangor) v P Cromie, N Graham (Lisnagarvey).

Triples: A O'Keefe (Banbridge) v B Browne (Whitehead).

Fours: G McGleave (Divis) v C Dennison (Banbridge).

Senior Fours: R Hastings (Bangor) v J Caldwell (Whitehead).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association

Singles: W McCaw (Ballymoney) v G McCloy (Portrush).

Under-25 Singles: A Rankin (Limavady) v R McMullan (Limavady).

Pairs: S Brewster, J Calvin (Coleraine) v C Hogg, M Wilson (Cookstown) or R McMullan, J Rankin.

Triples: B Smyth (Ballymoney) v D McElroy (Cookstown).

Fours: D Walker (Ballymoney) v W McCaw (Ballymoney).

Senior Fours: W McCaw (Ballymoney) v B Kennedy (Coleraine).

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