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Larne seal their place in last eight with win over Cookstown


By Alex Mills

Larne held their nerve in a late-night shoot-out with Cookstown at Gunning Moore Park on Saturday to book their place in the quarter finals of the Irish Bowling Association's Senior Cup.

The Private Greens League boys will now have home advantage against either Belmont or Bangor - that tie is scheduled for next Saturday - on July 28.

But they were pushed to the wire by Cookstown, with only seven shots separating the teams at the end of an intriguing contest.

Andy Kyle's incredible 34-11 victory over Damien McElroy that tilted it in favour of the visitors. Michael Murphy also made a significant contribution, beating Billy Johnston 24-18.

But victories for Mark Wilson and Colin Hogg over Alan McLean (23-10) and Graham McKee (25-16) ensured the tie would go the full distance.

"It was a great win against a side that are always difficult to beat on their own green," said Kyle."

Irish Bowling Association Intermediate Cup, round three: Londonderry Park 102 Kilrea 51, Ballywalter 103 Antrim Lawn 48, Forth River 74 Ballycastle 86, Dungiven 95 Annalong 77, Brooke Park 80 Ballymena B 83, Dungannon 83 Hilden 63, North Down 75 Belmont B 68, City of Derry 64 Pickie B 88.

Irish Bowling Association Junior Cup, round three: Dunbarton B 87 Dunluce B 60, Banbridge B 113 Donaghadee B 40, Cookstown B 88 CYM 49.

• Ireland's hopes of winning the Women's Home International Series nosedived spectacularly at Belmont.

Barbara Cameron's team got off to the worst possible start as they were humbled by Jersey yesterday morning, embarrassingly beaten by 17 shots.

Women's Home International Series results: Ireland 97 Jersey 114: P Montgomery 11 Y Andrews 18, SJ Curran 12 C Grimes 25, S Bailie 7 J Knight 28, J Dowds 30 T Le Ruez 9, S McAuley 20 J Renouf 13, B O'Neill 17 D Moon 21.

England 148 Wales 83: E Falkner 18 K Pearce 17, W King 18 C Taylor 16, A Gowshall 25 A Butten 16, N Chestney 27 Y White 9, S Honnor 40 W Price 8, R Wigfield 20 E Woodcock 17.

England 119 Ireland 92: W King 19 SJ Curran 14, A Gowshall 17 S Bailie 22, N Chestney 17 J Dowds 15, S Honnor 25 S McAuley 12, R Wigfield 26 B O'Neill 11, E Falkner 15 P Montgomery 18.

Scotland 179 Jersey 72: C Johnston 23 C Grimes 13, C Brown 27 J Knight 14, L Baillie 37 T Le Ruez 8, K Dawson 36 J Renouf 10, M Letham 34 D Moon 8, L Smith 22 Y Andrews 19.

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