Winning performances for positive start to league play

St Mark's Jal Richardson, Andrew Leckey and Eddie Campbell with the Gillan Shield following success at Mullabrack.
St Mark's Jal Richardson, Andrew Leckey and Eddie Campbell with the Gillan Shield following success at Mullabrack.

Portadown outdoor players’ NIBA league programme opened with double delight at the expense of Banbridge.

The seniors won by 93-72, collecting six points in the process, as the Division Four side came out on top with a 97-64 away success.

In Division One, David Millsopp proved impressive on his debut at that level and key performances came from Peter Hunniford and captain Richard McMullan, with Paul Whittle making a welcome return.

Banbridge enjoyed a positive start but scores of five, one and three put Portadown in control by 11. The gap was 18-16 in Banbridge’s favour at 18 ends then a six-shot haul pushed the hosts clear.

Ken Lamond, Paul Moffett, Derek Wright and Dane Jordan edged the first nine ends but pushed the gap to 16-8 with strong scores towards a 21-16 win.

Chris Duff, Alan Kernaghan, Billy Martin and Mark Sproule were on the backfoot for 17 ends by a narrow margin before finishing 21-14 down.

Tommy Murdock proved assured alongside Robert Hobson, Maurice Whitla and Aidan Corrigan as Portadown claimed the final nine end for a 28-15 victory.

Portadown B players celebrated promotion into Division Four with six points on the road.

Andrew Millar, Wayne Dougan, Barney McCartan and Noel Quinn held leads of 6-3 and 13-3 at key points before counts of five confirmed a convincing 29-8 triumph.

Josh Hyde, Ken Mulholland, Sean McNeice and Eric McCartney battled back from 13-4 down to register eight scoring ends and hold a 19-13 advantage on the way to 25-18 overall.

Joel Hyde, Drew Boyd, Nixon Armstrong and Noel Orr shared eight shots with Banbridge at five ends but slipped 18-7 down before cutting the final gap to 25-18.

George Richardson’s commanding performance in the battle between the leads proved vital in a 25-13 victory beside Eddie Corkin, Bob Robinson and Errol Whitten that featured leads of 11-5 and 18-7.

Portadown A visit Dundonald tonight (Friday), with the B side away to Holywood tomorrow (Saturday).

Mullabrack recently wrapped up a memorable indoor campaign with a triples tournament that attracted bowlers from Donegal, Strabane and Drogheda.

The Churches’ League champions and Ian Milne Perpetual Cup runners-up enjoyed impressive club progress and the Easter competition proved a fitting finale to the organised schedule.

St Mark’s Eddie Campbell, Andrew Leckey and Jal Richardson captured the triples title - with the Gillan Shield awarded following the close of play.

The Andy Anderson Memorial Cup, with an entry list of Mullabrack members, was won by Eric King.

Each finalist was presented with a Post Office One4all multi-store gift card.

Thanks go to Reggie Collen for operating as official umpire across the tournament - plus sponsors Roy Warnock Funeral Directors Markethill, Wilbur Montgomery Agricultural Contractor, Charles Hurst Motors and The Old Barn Restaurant Markethill.

A fun bowls evening will run each Wednesday in Mullabrack from 7 o’clock until July, with everyone welcome to take part.