Lady bowlers strengthen their grip on PTWBA title

Ballymena Ladies ladies who are in a commanding position at the top of the PTWBA Senior League. INBT 28-809H

Ballymena Ladies ladies who are in a commanding position at the top of the PTWBA Senior League. INBT 28-809H

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Ballymena Ladies continued their perfect start to the PTWBA Senior League season when they played Portstewart last Wednesday afternoon and picked up another 5 points.

The Braid ladies have now played 10 games this season and picked up an incredible 55.5 points out of a total of 60 and they now find themselves a massive 13 points ahead of second placed Dunluce with only 6 games left to play.

Linda McCullough, Kathleen Hoey, Jennifer Dowds and Donna McCloy were made to fight all the way against T O’Neill, who led by a shot after seven ends. The Braid ladies knuckled down and counts of 4 shots on the 8th, 12th and 16th ends ensured a 22-17 victory for McCloy’s rink.

Megan Wilson, Gladys Power, Erin Smith and Sarah Jane Coleman were always in control against P Curry. With 4 ends completed the scores were tied at 3-3 however from then on it was mostly one way traffic and going in to the final end the Ballymena rink held a 10 shot advantage. The home rink finished off in style when they claimed another 4 shots to run out 24-10 victors.

The closest game of the day was between Jennie McCready, Pat Allen, Sile Garvey and Barbara Cameron and B O’Neill.

Six shots on the 7th end more than doubled Ballymena’s advantage however over the next 8 ends the visitors restricted the Ballymena rink to only 2 singles while they picked up 11 shots to level the game at 13-13. It was still level going into the final end but unfortunately it was Portstewart rink who scored a single on the last end to win 15-14.