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Private Greens in driving seat as they bid to claim championship

By Alex Mills

The Private Greens League are within touching distance of regaining the IBA Under-25 Inter-association Championship.

They will go head to head with the Provincials in a winner takes all affair later this season - the date is yet to be confirmed - after the game was washed out on Friday night at Old Bleach.

But the PGL boys have put themselves in pole position to land the title after racking up crucial wins over the Bowling League of Ireland and the NIBA, the current holders on Saturday.

"Little did both sides know when they came off the green after only seven ends on Friday at Randalstown that the game would be so crucial in deciding the championship," said PGL official John Nicholl.

"Both teams have currently two rinks up, but the PGL hold a slender eight shots advantage.

"The team did well to pull in 13 points from their two games on Saturday, but the Provincials picked up 10-and-a-half, so it's now make or break for both teams when the game resumes."

Results: IBA Under-25 Inter-association Championship

BLI 66 (0) NIBA 106 (7): Rink 1: S Keegan 14 W Boyd 27, Rink 2: J Byrne 18 R Bell 25, Rink 3: A O'Keeffe 16 M Crawford 27, Rink 4: A Murphy 18 J Moffett 27.

NIPGL 29 NIPBA 21 (game abandoned): Rink 1: T Crawford 11 M McKeown 3, Rink 2: D Atkinson 7 M Gallagher 2, Rink 3: R Kirkwood 6 A Tennant 6, Rink 4: S Kirkwood 5 M Jones 10.

NIPGL 91 (6) BLI 57 (1): Rink 1: D Atkinson 26 A Murphy 11, Rink 2: S Kirkwood 26 S Keegan 19, Rink 3: T Crawford 25 J Byrne 9, Rink 4: R Kirkwood 14 A O'Keeffe 18.

NIPBA 77 (5) NIBA 70 (2): Rink 1:A Tennant 27 J Moffett 16, Rink 2: M Jones 17 W Boyd 24, Rink 3: M Gallagher 12 R Bell 17, rink 4: M McKeown 21 M Crawford 13.

NIPBA 73 (5.5) BLI 68 (1.5): Rink 1: M Gallagher 14 A O'Keeffe 27, Rink 2: M McKeown 18 S Keegan 11, Rink 3: M Jones 25 A Murphy 14, Rink 4: A Tennant 16 J Byrne 16.

NIPGL 93 (7) NIBA 59 (0): Rink 1: S Kirkwood 22 M Crawford 16, Rink 2: R Kirkwood, 23 J Moffett 17, Rink 3: D Atkinson 26 W Boyd 12, Rink 4: T Crawford 22 R Bell 14.

√ Robert Hastings admits he may well have to purchase a larger trophy cabinet following his trophy success in the Bangor Bowls Tournament at Ward Park .

He not only walked off with the coveted singles title for the third time, but added the Mixed Pairs and Fours trophies to his array of honours. The Bangor man, playing on his home green, defeated Donaghadee's Davy Ball 13-6 in the singles final.

"I'll have to extend the cabinet at home to accommodate my latest haul," quipped Hastings. "That's a hat-trick off singles victories, following on from 2003 and 2006. It's the eighth time that I've managed to win the Mixed event. The victory in the fours was also one to cherish as it was my first success in that discipline."

Open singles semi finals: D Ball (Donaghadee) 3 R Hastings (Bangor) 13.

Open Pairs: D Mills, P McVeigh (Pickie) 7 J Moffett, A Hughes (Dunbarton) 13.

Mixed Pairs: E Hastings, R Hastings (Bangor) 14 E Dornan, D Mills (Pickie) 3.

Triples final: D Gardiner, G Brown, G McKee (Ards) 7 P Hughes, T Crawford, G Eaton jnr (Salisbury) 12.

Fours final: J Moffett, P Wallace, A Hughes, M Wilson (Dunbarton) 4 J McKeown, E Hastings, T McClean, R Hastings (Bangor) 8.

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