Ahoghill in driving seat in Churches League

Indoor bowls.
Indoor bowls.

The second half of the Ballymena & District Churches League is underway with the title already very much in First Ahoghill’s hands.

Even given their reputation as the kingpins of this league in recent seasons, rarely if ever have Ahoghill had such a big lead at this stage of the season.

They already have an eight-and-a-half point gap over second-placed Glenwherry - who have come from virtually nowhere to reach second spot - but the Braid side have played three matches more than Ahoghill.

Glenwherry hadbeen languishing in a mid-table position but a trio of wins in quick succession - against Cullybackey Methodist, Clough B and Second Broughshane A have propelled them very much into title contention.

Latest results from the league are:

First Broughshane 4, Cuningham ‘A’ 0.5: A Armstrong 12, J Caldwell 8; J Gaston 7, L McIlroy 7; A Hunter 12, D Stewart 8; D Calderwood 8, S McKee 7.

Harryville 0, Ahoghill 5: J Patterson 7, T Morrison 11; B McLaughlin 4, W Morrison 14; R Law 5, D Morrison 9; A Lowry 10, A Morrison 13.

Cuningham B 2, Craigs 3: H Lynn 14, P Boyd 7; J Kerr 4, B Herbison 17; B Russell 5, R Rodgers 12; I Craig 12, R Kirkpatrick 5.

Glenwherry 4, Cullybackey Methodist 1: A Bonnar 26, T Rock 1; A Crawford 11, W Reid 9; S McIlwaine 4, N Peacock 9; K McIlwaine 9, N Laverty 7.

Glenwherry 4.5, Clough B 0.5: A Bonnar 16, S Johnston 10; A Crawford 7, S Anderson 7; K McIlwaine 15, L Cubitt 1; S McIlwaine 21, R Frew 5.

Second Broughshane A 1, Glenwherry 4: J Montgomery 6, A Crawford 13; I Montgomery 10, A Bonnar 9; C Turtle 7, K McIlwaine 13; M Montgomery 6, S McIlwaine 7.

Craigs 4, Cullybackey Methodist 1: P Boyd 13, T Rock 5; B Herbison 4, W Reid 8; R Kirkpatrick 8, N Laverty 5; R Rodgers 9, N Peacock 5.

Grange 2, High Kirk 3: B Millar 5, D Robinson 10; R Greer 9, T McPeake 8; H McCullough 6, J Brown 8; R Duffin 12, H Clements 7.

High Kirk 1.5, Killymurris Carnlea 3.5: D Robinson 8, W J McAlonan 3; T McPeake 8, D McCullough 13; H Clements 7, D McCullough 7; J Brown 6, W Crawford 10.

Harryville 3, Cuningham B 2: R Law 10, I Craig 9; A Lowry 9, J Kerr 6; J Patterson 11, A Cahoon 12; B McLaughlin 10, H Lynn 11.

TABLE

First Ahoghill, played 11, points 48; Glenwherry 14-39.5; Second Broughshane A 12-36.5; St Patrick’s Ballymena 10-34; Ballymena Methodist 11-33.5; First Broughshane 11-31; Craigs 11-29.5; Cloughwater 8-29; Cuningham Memorial B 9-28.5; Buckna 8-28; Killymurris Carnlea 9-22.5; Harryville 12-22.5; High Kirk 12-22.5; Cullybackey Methodust A 10-21.5; Connor 8-19; Grange 8-16.5; Killymurris Glarryford 6-15; Cuningham Memorial A 9-14.5; Clough A 11-14; Second Broughshane B 12-13.5; Clough ‘B’ 9-9.5.