‘B’ team chalk up second successive league win

Ballymena B bowler Ivan Lynn in action against Saintfield. INBT20-249AC

Ballymena B bowler Ivan Lynn in action against Saintfield. INBT20-249AC

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Ballymena B made it two wins from two league outings as they collected a 6 point haul against Saintfield last Saturday.

On rink 1 Alan Smyth, Arnold Kenny, Nigel McFadden and John Coulter never really recovered from a poor start against G McMullan.

With 7 ends played the Braid men trailed by 13 shots to 4 however 3 ends later the gap was down to only 5 shots.

The Braid men however were only able to score on 1 of the next 8 ends and during this time the visitors extended their lead to 13 shots.

Seven shots over the final ends gave an air of respectability to the score line with the visitors claiming a 23-17 victory.

The first half of the game between Alan McAuley, John McFall, Tommy Hill and Roy Torrington and the visiting rink skipped by R Copes was quite a close affair and with 10 ends completed the home rink led by 9 shots to 6.

The Braid men took the game by the scruff of the neck when they won the next 5 ends to extend their lead to 17 shots.

The visitors shaded the closing ends but could not avoid going down by 26 shots to 12.

Billy McCandless, Stuart McCarthy, Danny McCullough and Ivan Lynn started slowly against J Alexander on rink 3 and with 5 ends played they trailed by 8 shots.

Five ends later the Ballymena men had played themselves back in to the game as they had reduced the arrears to only a single shot.

A further 7 ends later the rinks could not be separated with the scores level at 15-15.

The Braid rink hit the front for the first time on the 18th end when they picked up 3 shots and they were able to keep their noses in front until the end to claim an unlikely 19-18 victory.

The game on rink 4 was a game of 2 halves where Leslie Barr, Norman Armstrong, Geoff Padgett and Chris Wilson took on T Ferris.

The Braid men picked up a count of 5 shots on the first ends and with 12 ends played they had established an 18-6 lead.

The visitors however hit back and the won the next 8 ends to close the gap to only 2 shots.

However, the Wilson rink stopped the rot on the final end when they picked up a single to win the game by 19 shots to 16.

This Saturday Ballymena B travel to Shaftesbury A