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Ireland trio on a roll with British Isles crown victory


Ireland's Tony Bell

Ireland's Tony Bell

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Ireland's Tony Bell

Michael Higgins and Andy Hughes last night displayed amazing resilience to pocket the British Isles Triples Championship at Eddlewood Bowls Club, Scotland.

Joined by their Dunbarton team-mate Tony Bell, they produced a battling performance to defeat the Scotland triple skipped by Stuart Hogg 17-14 in an epic final.

And they were not the only local side celebrating because the Belmont rink of Joe McLainey, Raymond Barr, Roy Battersby and Robin Horner wrote themselves into the British record books by becoming the first Irish winners of the Senior Fours title.

British Isles results: Singles final: J Greenslade (Wales) 21 J Lowery (Jersey) 10. Under-25 singles final: J Williams (Wales) 21 M De Sousa (Jersey) 18.

Pairs final: J Anderson, J McLean (Scotland) 14 C Carter, T Millership (England) 21.Triples: Semi final: P De Long, B Le Feuvre, M Rive (Jersey) 8 M Higgins, T Bell, A Hughes (Ireland) 21. Final: D Couper, P McAteer, S Hogg (Scotland) 14 Ireland 17.

Fours final: P Dixon, N Ridley, I Riches, D Bolt (England) 19 M Higgins, A Hughes, DJ Wilson, M Greenfield (Ireland) 18.Senior fours semi-final: J McLainey, R Barr, R Battersby, R Horner (Ireland) 23 K Laine, D Ogier, N Collins, L Le Ber (Guernsey) 11. Final: Ireland 23 A Kennedy, K Campbell, D Whyte, D Beattie (Scotland) 15.

Belfast Telegraph