Double trouble for Garvey as two teams out of Irish Cups

Garvey made their exit from both the IBA Senior and Junior Cups when they lost away games in the fourth round.

Gary Stubbs bowling for Lagan Valley against Portadown B. US1426-554cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Divis won by 17 shots in the Senior Cup. They had beaten Garvey in the opening league fixture of the season and home advantage again proved decisive in this cup tie.

Garvey B, meanwhile, lost by 17 shots at Pickie B. They were minus two skips, Ken Armstrong and Alton Reid.

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They actually won three of the rinks by a shot, but lost out on the fourth and it meant a double exit.


Despite lifting a three, Noel Graham was 11-13 down at the tenth and 14-18 at 15 ends and finished five shots down.

A three helped Philip Cromie to a 10-4 lead at the tenth and 15-11 at 15 end before he got the only Garvey win by ten shots.

Down 5-9 at the tenth and 8-14 at 15 ends Ivan Craig lost by 15 shots.

Though lifting two threes Neil Mulholland was 12-15 down at the tenth and 18-21 at 15 ends before losing by six shots.

B. Power 13, G. Riley, T. Vint, M. Nelson,P. Cromie 23; P. Brennan 28, C. Aicken, M. Beattie, G. McCloughlin, I. Craig 13; R. Cregan 23, S. Jess, C. Hill, D. Boal, N. Graham 18; P. McCaffery 29, S. Irwein, D. Beattie, K. Morrison, N. Mulholland 23.


Down 8-12 at the tenth and 11-15 at 15 ends, Denis Rankin came back with a four at 19 ends and a last end single gave Garvey a tie.

At the tenth, Pat Hughes was 4-9 down and 7-12 at 15 ends with Garvey losing by four shots.

Down 6-19 at the tenth and 9-31 at 15 ends Bobby Carroll lost by 18 shots. Jim Chapman was 6-10 down at the tenth but took a 15-11 lead by 15 ends before winning by five shots.

M. Belch 18, K. Johnston, G. Martin, M. Simpson, D. Rankin 18; N. Irwin 16, W. Scott, I. Kane, P. Lavery, P. Hughes 12; D. Kennedy 33, J. Reilly, B. Lemon, J. Nelson, B. Carroll 15; M. Henderson 15, B. McMullan, M. Adamson, D. Porter, J. Chapman 20.