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McMullan delighted as Ports claim six points from reigning champs


Morale boost: Richard McMullan

Morale boost: Richard McMullan

Morale boost: Richard McMullan

Portadown's Richard McMullan paid Whitehead the ultimate compliment by stating the team that finishes above them will win the NIBA Division One title.

The Co Armagh team, missing a posse of regulars for the new outdoor campaign, had just gobbled up a surprise six points against the current champions, but McMullan insists they will still be a force to be reckoned with.

"We're thrilled with the result," he said.

"But Whitehead will still be up there around the top of the table come the end of August.

"They have so many good players. It makes our result even more significant.

"This win is a big morale boost to the boys."

Portadown were vastly under strength, but certainly upped their performance levels against Whitehead.

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Peter Hunniford, who has moved to skip this season, produced a superb performance to defeat Ireland international Martin McHugh (25-18).

Derek Wright and Dwayne Jordan also made a significant contribution by beating Stephen McKinley (22-21) and James Caldwell (20-15).

Meanwhile, Bangor followed up their impressive start to the campaign at Donaghadee by roaring to victory against Dundonald at Ward Park.

The Seasiders reeled in another six points to move into second place in the league table behind Balmoral.

Results: Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Banbridge 70 (1) Divis 80 (6), Portadown 86 (6) Whitehead 74 (1), Dromore 71 (1) Balmoral 105 (6), Lisnagarvey 85 (3) Donaghadee 90 (4), Bangor 107 (6) Dundonald 53 (1).

NI Private Greens League Division One: Ewarts 64 (2) Pickie 82 (5), NICS 65 (0) Belmont 92 (7), Dunbarton 89 (6) Larne 64 (1), Ulster Transport 63 (0) Old Bleach 88 (7), Ballymena 105 (6.5) Mossley 51 (0.5).

NI Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Coleraine 91 (7) City of Derry 61 (0), Cookstown 111 (6.5) Ballycastle 52 (0.5), Portrush 116 (6) Limavady 53 (1), Letterkenny 73 (3) Ballymoney 74 (4), Portglenone 66 (1) Dunluce 82 (6).

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