Is Michelin’s League Cup dominance about to end?

Indoor bowls.
Indoor bowls.

Michelin’s stranglehold on the Ballymena & District League Cup may finally be about to come to an end.

The Woodside Road side are gunning for a remarkable sixth successive triumph in the league’s knockout competition.

But they will have to produce a performance to eclipse anything from the previous five years if they are to maintain their grip on the trophy after coming out on the wrong end of the most eye-catching result of the season so far last week.

In a game brought forward a week, Michelin crashed to a remarkable 52-21 defeat on their own mats at the hands of BPFA ‘A’ - for the past number of seasons their main challengers for the league title.

Michelin will still have a chance to redeem the situation in the second leg of the quarter-final tie in the new year - but Broughshane will surely be hot favourites to bring Michelin’s dominance to an end.

On rink one, the BPFA rink skipped by Ivan Craig took control against Wesley Caldwell when they doubled their total from five to 10 shots on the fifth end and they also won 4 of the remaining ends to claim victory by 15 shots to 4.

Alan Cahoon was in great form for Broughshane in what was a tightly contested tussle with Graham Wilson. Three shots on the 9th end gave the BPFA rink the edge going in to the final end where Michelin could only claim a single to lose 8-6.

But the big win for Broughshane came after the break as Alistair McCullough’s rink notched counts of five shots on the fifth and seventh ends as they Broughshane rink cantered to a 21-2 success over Matthew Boyd.

Grant Robinson’s rink found themselves trailing by 5 shots to 1 after 4 ends against David Morrison but it was all square going into the final end, where a single gave Robinson’s Michelin foursome a hard fought 9-8 victory.