Portrush 79 (5.5) Cookstown 61 (1.5)
COOKSTOWN travelled to Portrush for the eagerly awaited clash between these two giants of the game. Over the past few seasons, games between these clubs have been closely contested.
On rink 2 Cookstown’s Colin Hogg, Sean Quinn, Noel Glasgow and Thomas Allen faced the Portrush rink skipped by Gary McCloy. There was nothing in this game after 10 ends.
Though this was as good as it got for Hogg and his rink, McCloy and his rink stormed ahead in this game and despite Hogg and Quinns efforts for Cookstown they lost out to McCloy 24-16
On rink 3 Cookstowns Liam McHugh and his rink of Keith Wright, William Lennox and Robert Aspeniall came up against the Portrush rink of the youthful and loud Simon Colvin.
Cookstown started brightly in this game and looked as if they were adapting to the tricky weather conditions with some fine bowling. Colvins rink started to find their range and confidence soared throughout his rink and this showed as McHugh and his rink had no answer to Portrush despite some excellent bowls from William Lennox and co, Portrush had a some what flattering win 22-10
On rink 4 Cookstown’s Damien McElroy, Gary Scott, Brian Thom and Chris McKnight locked horns with former Cookstown player Jackie Wibbly Smyth. Both rinks started well in this game with supberb bowling all around and after 10 ends Cookstown edged ahead by 2 shots 13-10. Cookstown player Chris McKnight was in fine form decorating the jack end after end ensuring McElroy and co had the best possible start to each end.
With 2 ends left, the game was all square at 17-17 with all to play for. Smyth and his rink who were playing really well held a count of 5 in the 20th end, McElroy with 1 bowl remaining play a fantastic bowl to draw shot ensuring Cookstown went into the last end 1 shot up.
Cookstown held their nerve and after a great game by both rinks won the match 19-17.
On rink 5 Mark Wilson, Philip Wallace, Paul Mitchell and Ashely Wright came up against the strong Portrush rink skipped by Irish player Ian McClure. Mark with his years of experience knew that it could be a long night up at Ramore, though one that he relishes.
This game was close with little to choose between the 2 rinks. With 3 ends left Cookstown trailed in this game by 4 Cookstown have no fixture this Saturday, next up is an away fixture to Portglenone on Monday 28th May.