Ballymena’s B team had home advantage in the quarter final of the IBA Intermediate Cup against Ballywalter last Saturday.
The visitors play in a division above the Braid men in the NIPGL and even though the Ballymena team put up a good fight they came up short by a margin of 14 shots.
Mark Pearson, Arnold Kenny, Nigel McFadden and John Coulter had a tough day at the office against S Hedley.
The visitors won the first 3 ends and a count of 6 shots saw the Ballywalter men open up an early 9 shot advantage.
Six ends later the margin had increased to 10 shots but the Ballymena men picked up 4 shots on the 10th end to bring them back in to the game. Unfortunately for the Braid men they lost the next 7 ends and so with 4 ends remaining the visitors lead by 16 shots.
The Ballymena men had slightly the better of the closing exchanges but in the end it was the Ballywalter rink who claimed victory by 27 shots to 13.
There were 15 singles scored in the game between Alan Smyth, Joe McKeown, Geoff Padgett and Chris Wilson and the Ballywalter rink skipped by K Massey. The Ballymena men actually won 7 of the first 10 ends however the lead was only 2 shots with the score board reading 8-6.
Seven ends later however the visitors had drawn level at 12-12 but the Braid rink claimed the victory when they won 3 of the 4 remaining ends to win the game by 16 shots to 13
Billy McCandless, Leslie Barr, Danny McCullough and Ivan Lynn did not have the best of days against D Palmer. The visitors won 7 of the opening 10 ends and a count of 5 shots on the 10th end saw the Ballywalter men establish an 11 shot lead.
Five ends later the gap was up to 13 shots but the Braid men dominated the remainder of the game when they outscored the visitors by 9 shots to 1 to reduce the arrears to 5 shots with the final score 21-16.
Alan McAuley, John McFall, Tommy Hill and Roy Torrington dominated the first two thirds of their game against A Davidson. The visitors could only win 5 of the first 14 ends and during this period of play the Ballymena men opened up a 9 shot advantage with the score board reading17-8.
The visitors hit back and over the next 5 ends they were able to cut the deficit to a single shot however they were unable to complete the comeback as Torrington’s men picked up 3 shots on the final end to see them home by 20 shots to 16.