Cookstown 107 (7) Limavady 41 (0)
COOKSTOWN made light work off Limavady to move top of the NIPBA senior league with a superb display of bowling at Gunning Moore park.
On rink 2 Cookstown’s Liam McHugh, Derek Mitchell, Keith Wright and Robert Aspenial came up against the Limavady rink skipped by W Moore. Liam and his rink have been in great form recently and this continued with a great display against the Limavady rink.
Cookstown got off to a good start in this match and raced into a 16-1 lead after 10 ends. Whenever Limavady were in with a chance to lift counts of shots Mitchell and McHugh played big bowls to turn the heads around in Cookstowns favour. McHugh has been in great form of late with his new raspberry ripple Aces and showed what a class act he is. Cookstown romped home in this game 28-5.
On rink 3 Cookstown’s Damien McElroy, Gary Scott, Brian Thom and Chris McKnight faced the Limavady rink skipped by J McLaughlin. Limavady got off to a good start in this match and after 4 ends went into a early 5-2 lead. Though this was as good as it got for Limavady.
McElroy and his rink lifted 18 shots in the next 4 ends to lead 20-5 after 10 ends. This included a count of 8 in one end, the maximum count you can get in one end. Limavady were shell shocked and Cookstown kept this going to the end running out 31-11 victors. Not often a count of 8 shots is seen at senior level and congratulations to Damien, Gary, Brian and Chris who will collect their hot-shots certificates for this.
On rink 4 the Cookstown rink of Colin Hogg, Sean Quinn, Noel Glasgow and Ashely Wright were drawing against Limavadys S Corscadden. Cookstown started the game well with good front end play by Wright and Glasgow. Limavady never threatened Hogg and his rink in this game, and after 10 ends Cookstown were well clear in this match. Though Cookstown put in a professional display and cantered home to a good 24-10 win. Special mention to young Ashley Wright who put in a performance which caught the eye with a brilliant display at lead.
On rink 6 Cookstown’s Mark Wilson, Philip Wallace, Paul Mitchell and Thomas Johnston took on Limavadys A Barr. This game was a very tight affair and after 10 ends Limavady went into a 10-6 lead. Barr and his Limavady rink were playing some fine bowls on the tricky rink 6 and looked as if this game might be their only chance to get a point from their trip to Cookstown. Though with Irelands and Cookstown’s Wilson at the helm Limavady were going to have to produce something special to gain their point from this Cookstown rink which oozes quality. With fine bowling from Cookstown’s Wallace, Mitchell and Johnston Cookstown turned the screw on Barr and his rink and Limavady had no response with Cookstown winning this match 24-15.
This was a great team display though the boys wont get carried away and know their will be trickier challenges that lye await in the quest for league honours.