BOWLS: Larne see off CYM in IBA Senior Cup

Having got their league campaign on track with a 7-0 win over Mossley in midweek, Larne defeated Dublin's CYM in round two of the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday.
Larne Bowling Club's Andy Kyle and Darren Witherspoon watch their colleague's bowl arrive in the head. INLT 23-202-AMLarne Bowling Club's Andy Kyle and Darren Witherspoon watch their colleague's bowl arrive in the head. INLT 23-202-AM
Larne Bowling Club's Andy Kyle and Darren Witherspoon watch their colleague's bowl arrive in the head. INLT 23-202-AM

Andy Kyle’s rink started well to lead 11-1 after six ends before CYM reduced the deficit to two after 12. Kyle’s men increased their lead to six before CYM levelled with two to play. A single for Larne in the 20th put them back in the lead. In the fina; end, CYM held the shot before Kyle played two fantastic bowls to clinch his rink a 21-18 win.

On rink 4, Mark Petticrew made his senior debut, playing lead on Alan McLean’s rink. Larne were 13-4 down after nine, before two consecutive scores of two reduced their deficit to five. CYM increased their lead to take a 20-9 lead after 16. Larne needed a respond to keep the overall score close and cut CYM’s lead to seven shots.

Michael Murphy’s rink were level at 9-9 at one stage before counts of three, four and six over the next five ends saw them pull away to win 25-17. Jason Kerr’s rink produced a big finish scoring one, four and a three over the last three ends to win 22-19.

Larne A 84 – 77 CYM A: rink scores - C Snoddy, S Dalrymple, D Witherspoon, A Kyle won 21-18; M Petticrew, S Bell, G Johnston, A McLean lost 23-16; A Robinson, J McRandal, P Robinson, M Murphy won 25-17; B Smyth, P McRandal, D McRandal, J Kerr won 22-19.

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