Alan Paul once again found the mid-Antrim area a happy hunting ground last week.
The international bowler, a regular winner of trophies in this area on the short mat ‘circuit’, teamed up with Cookstown High team-mate Clarke Hill to win the third annual All Saints pairs tournament in Ballymena.
They defeated Janice Wheeler and Declan McLaughlin from the host club, whose tremendous run finally came to an end when they lost 8-3 in a final in which the Cookstown pair were always in control.
Results from finals night were:
Quarter-finals: A Paul/C Hill (Cookstown High) bt M Pearson/N Robinson (BIBC); T Johnston/D McStravock (Desertmartin) bt D McToal/N O’Kane (St Olcan’s Armoy); T Morrison/D Morrison (First Ahoghill) bt S O’Neill/M O’Neill (Moortown); J Wheeler/D McLaughlin bt A Little/T Turkington (Kildress).
Semi-finals: Hill/Paul 8, Johnston/McStravock 4; Morrison/Morrison 4, Wheeler/McLaughlin 8.
Final: Hill/Paul 8, Wheeler/McLaughlin 3.
A total of 64 pairs took part during the week and the organisers have thanked the following sponsors of the competition:
Sean Hasson Funeral Services; Broughshane Electrics; A&A Taxis; McAtamney Butchers; and Fyfe’s, Pennybridge.
Organisers have also thanked John Carruthers, David Steele, Jim McCloy and Robert McCullough for performing umpiring duties during the week and to St Patrick’s Ballymena and BIBC clubs for the loan of mats and scoreboards for the tournament.