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Nutt tries to stay positive despite Old Bleach loss

By David Mason

Old Bleach must be sick of the sight of Belmont!

The Randalstown club were dumped out of the PGL Senior Cup at the semi-final stage by the slick Belfast outfit in midweek and they then duly fell to their fourth league defeat of the season, succumbing to the same opponents on their home green on Saturday.

"We've had better days," admitted Old Bleach's Michael Nutt.

"We were beaten heavily in the PGL Cup at Fruithill Park on Thursday night and things didn't improve much at the weekend where we picked up only half-a-point.

"At least we still have a IBA Senior Cup Cup quarter final to look forward to later this month."

The victory eased Belmont to the top of the table, albeit only half-a-point ahead of Dunbarton.

With champions Ballymena tumbling to their third defeat of the campaign at Pickie, the Gilford boys are in the box seat, having played two games less than the leaders.

"There is a long way to go," said Dunbarton's Andrew Hughes. "We have two games in hand, but it's vital we get those points. I'm sure there will be a few twists before the end of the campaign."

Belmont, however, did what was required to keep their challenge on track at Randalstown.

Terry Crawford was their top performer, skipping his rink to an impressive 28-14 win over Ireland international James Talbot.

Robin Horner and Stuart Bennett, who made his Ireland debut last weekend, chipped in with wins against Michael Nutt (24-13) and Jonathan Millar (20-15, while Roy Battersby battled out a 19-19 draw with Neil Booth.

Results: Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Banbridge 81 (3.5) Whitehead 81 (3.5), Dundonald 76 (5.5) Balmoral 68 (1.5), Bangor 89 (5) Portadown 68 (2), Donaghadee 89 (6) Lisnagarvey 65 (1), Divis 74 (5.5) Castle 57 (1.5).

NI Private Greens League Senior Division One: Pickie 85 (5) Ballymena 78 (1), Dunbarton 96 (6) Larne 59 (1), Old Bleach 61 (0.5) Belmont 91 (6.5), Ewarts 89 97) Falls 57 (0).

NI Provincial Senior League: Portrush 78 (6) Coleraine 62 (1), Ballymoney 106 (7) Dunluce 48 (0), Cookstown 88 (6) Ballycastle 68 (1), Letterkenny 105 (7) Kilrea 52 (0).

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