Ballymena ‘C’ team bowlers enjoy emphatic win over Falls

Plenty of instructions at Ballymena Bowling Club on Saturday where Ballymena's 'C' team took on the Falls.
Plenty of instructions at Ballymena Bowling Club on Saturday where Ballymena's 'C' team took on the Falls.

Ballymena C entertained Falls last Saturday and it turned out to be a very productive day for the Braid men who won on 3 of the 4 rinks.

The Old Ballymoney Road side claimed a well deserved 6 points as they emerged victorious by 89 shots to 53.

Artie McAuley lines up a delivery for Ballymena 'C' against Falls on Saturday.

Artie McAuley lines up a delivery for Ballymena 'C' against Falls on Saturday.

John Montgomery, Roy Kernohan, William Crawford and John Elliott started slowly against J Given on rink 1 as the visitors took an early 7 shot lead after only 3 ends.

Over the next few ends the Braid men gradually reduced the arrears and by the time the game had reached the 14th end the gap was down to only 3 shots.

A count of 4 shots on the next end gave the Ballymena men the lead for the first time however 4 ends later the scores were level at 15-15.

The Falls rink picked up 3 shots on the penultimate end and this was enough to secure victory as the Braid rink could only claim 2 shots on the final end to leave the final score 17-18

Alan Smyth, Gary Shaw, Artie McAuley and Alex Wilson were in great form against H Sergeant on rink 2.

Both rinks actually won 5 of the opening 10 ends however the visitors could only score 5 singles while the Braid rink picked up 12 shots to lead by 7.

Two ends later the Ballymena men had doubled their lead and a count of 5 shots on the 16th end and 4 shots on the 18th end gave Wilson’s men a fine 30-10 victory.

There was very little to choose between Keith Burnett, Leslie Jackson, Andy Hill and Nigel McFadden and the visiting rink skipped by P Thompson on rink 3.

At the half way stage of the game the Ballymena men led by 7 shots to 6.

The complexion of the game changed over the next 7 ends when the Braid rink outscored the visitors by 12 shots to 1.

There was no way back for the Falls men and McFadden’s rink went on to claim a comfortable 22-10 victory.

Jimmy Shields, Robert Mark, Dessie Shaw and Liam Lyness did not make the best of starts against F McCorry on rink 4.

With 10 of the regulation 21 ends completed they trailed by 12 shots to 4.

However, the Ballymena men fought back and 6 ends later they had reduced the arrears to 3 shots.

The momentum was now with the Braid rink and they won all of the remaining ends to claim a hard fought 20-15 victory.

Ballymena C will be hoping to build on the momentum of this win when they make the short journey to Randalstown to face neighbours Old Bleach B this week.