ALAN Paul continued his love affair with the Duneane singles tournament last week.
The Irish international won the title for a record-breaking third time, to bring the curtain down on a thrilling and successful tournament.
Paul, representing Cookstown High School, already has his name in the competition’s record books as the only bowler to win the title in successive years, in 2000 and 2001.
Ten years on, he completed the hat-trick - but not without a number of scares along the way.
Earlier in the evening, at the first round stage, Paul had trailed Mark Sproule (Portadown) by a shot going into the last end of their match, only to produce some last-gasp heroics, with a ‘2’ giving him a 7-6 victory.
He flirted with elimination even more in his semi-final win over Portadown’s Aidan Corrigan, trailing 8-1 after six ends before winning the last four ends to secure a 10-8 scoreline.
There were less worries for Paul in the final, against Hillsborough’s Nicky Haire, as he led by three going into the 12th and final end and managed to restrict his opponent to a single shot, to seal a 10-8 victory.