‘C’ team bowlers overcome Dubliners to reach semi-finals

The Ballymena C team before the start of their Irish Cup match against CYM.
The Ballymena C team before the start of their Irish Cup match against CYM.

Ballymena entertained CYM from Dublin in the quarter final of the Irish Junior Cup and emerged victorious by eight shots.

On rink 1 Keith Burnett, Leslie Jackson, Andy Hill and Derek Greer took on the visiting rink skipped by G Morrin.

A slow start from the home rink saw the visitors 7-2 up after 5 ends, but 6 shots over the next two ends, saw the home rink take the lead for the first time in the match.

The visitors fought back with counts of 2 and 6 over the next two ends to retake the lead by 7 shots, however the Ballymena men outscored their opponents by 17 shots to 6, including two counts of 5, over the next 12 ends to end up 25-21 winners.

John Montgomery, Roy Kernohan, William Crawford and John Elliot always looked comfortable on rink 2 against B Morrissey’s visiting rink.

The home rink went 5-0 up, but the visitors pegged them back with a 1,3,4 over the next 3 ends to take a three shot lead.

The next 10 ends were tit for tat and after 15 ends the score was 17-15 in favour of the home side.

Elliot’s men then found another gear and finished strongly, picking up a count of 4, three singles and a 2 on the final end to close out a deserved 26-15 victory.

The only consolation for the visitors came on rink 3 where Bertie Thompson, Robert McCready, Dessie Shaw and Liam Lyness had a tough battle against H Barry.

This was a tight game and after 7 ends the visitors held a narrow 1 shot lead.

The Dublin rink then went on to pick up 5 unanswered shots in the next 4 ends to extend that lead to 6 shots which they held on to until the 18th end.

Although the hosts won two of the last three ends, they couldn’t stop a count of 5 on the 20th end and eventually lost a hard fought match 19-11.

In the closest match of the day William McNabb, Gary Shaw, Robert Mark and Alec Wilson had a tough time against P Meade’s Dublin rink.

The home rink had a sluggish start which meant that after 8 ends they were staring at a 7 shot deficit but they rallied and outscored their opponents 12 shots to 1 over the next seven ends, including counts of 4 and 3.

This gave them a 4 shot advantage with six ends remaining.

The visitors produced a fightback of their own to take a slender 1 shot lead going into the last end.

However the Braid men wouldn’t give up and a count of 2 on the last end gave the narrowest of victories to win by a shot.