Bowls: Irish Senior Cup win for Cookstown

Cookstown trio Chris McKnight, Damian McElroy and Gary Scott consider their options. Picture: Alan Donnelly
Cookstown trio Chris McKnight, Damian McElroy and Gary Scott consider their options. Picture: Alan Donnelly

Cookstown 119 Comber 54

Cookstown welcomed private greens team Comber to Gunning Moore park on Saturday in the second round of the Irish Cup.

Cookstown were strong favourites going into this match and it didnt take long for the gulf in class to show.

Mark Wilson, Thomas McAleavey, Aaron Ward and Johnny Shepherd faced the Comber rink skipped by B Gibson. Comber made a surprising quick start in this match and went into an early 10-3 lead after eight ends.

The Cookstown front end started to adapt to the pace of the green and slowly they pulled the score back to leave them in contention.

McAleavey and Wilson kept asking Comber the questions and eventually raced ahead in the last quarter of the match to win 24-20.

Cookstown’s Colin Hogg, Philip Wallace, Barry Brannigan and Marc McCracken faced Combers R Gibson on rink 6.

Good lead play by Marc McCracken set this cookie rink off to a solid start every end and Hogg and co started to lift big counts of shots. Cookstown were cruising in second gear in this match and strolled over the line by a winning margin of 33-10.

L McHugh, Eric Sands, Damien McCracken and Ashley Wright came up against the Comber rink skipped by P McBride. This rink match was close throughout with the Comber skip playing some cracking bowls to keep them in this rink match.

Going into the last end the score was tied at 15-15. Comber managed to get one shot to gain this rink win against McHugh.

Rink of the day for the Cookies was the rink of Damien McElroy, Gary Scott, Trevor Vance and Chris McKnight.

This Cookstown rink were in ruthless form and the Comber rink skipped by B Heron received the full brunt of it. Comber picked up one shot in the first end though that was as good as it got for the Comber lads.

The Cookies picked up several counts of five shots and couple of counts of six and also narrowly missed out on a hot shot count of eight by claiming a seven.

This Cookie rink could do little wrong with all four bowlers on fire. McElroy and his rink finished with a landslide 46-7 win.

The Cookies however won’t get carried away by this score and know that if they are to challenge in the senior cup that more difficult matches lye in wait.

Credit to Comber who despite the result enjoyed their day out and all at Cookstown wish them all the best in their season ahead.

Cookstown fixtures- Cookstown vs Ballymoney, Monday 2nd June, 7pm, League; Cookstown vs Ballymoney, Thursday 5th June, 7pm, semi-final Piggot Cup.