Cookstown bowls

COOKSTOWN kept the pace on leaders Coleraine with 6 points away to Portglenone and 6.5 points at home to City of Derry.

Cookstown 94 (6.5) City of Derry 61 (0.5)

Cookstown welcomed City of Derry to Gunning Moore Park knowing that a win was vital to keep them in contention with pace setters Coleraine

On rink 2 Cookstowns Damien McElroy, Gary Scott, Brian Thom and Chris McKnight faced the City of Derry rink skipped by Lorenso Graham. Both rinks got off to a good start with some fine bowling, though after 10 ends City of Derry had just edged into the lead despite McElroy and co best efforts.

With 4 ends left Cookstown trailed in this game 18-13, though this expercienced rink never refuses to give in and their efforts paided off.

Cookstown stepped it up a gear and reduced the deficit going into the last end to 18-17. McElroy with his last bowl drew a wonderful shot on the tricky backhand to secure the rink a hard fought draw.

On rink 3 Cookstowns Liam McHugh, Derek Mitchell, Keith Wright and Robert Aspeniall came up against City of Derry’s John Louden. McHugh and his rink dominated this match from start to finish. Louden and his rink had no answer to superb bowling from Aspeniall who was rolling back the years with some fine leading and being backed up by Keith Wright. Derek Mitchell and Liam McHugh where on top form playing world class bowls as we often see from this pair. Great rink performance by this rink with Liam and co running out 26-13 victors.

On rink 4 Cookstowns Colin Hogg and his rink off Sean Quinn, Noel Glasgow and Ashely Wright locked horns with City of Derry’s A Smyth. This was another brilliant display of bowling from Hogg and his rink, who were in no mood to hang about racing into a commanding lead.

After 10 ends Hogg and his rink lead 14-4, and they showed no signs of slacking up with a relentless display of fine bowling that left City of Derry looking forward to getting into the changing rooms. Hogg and his rink ran out 28-11 victors.

On rink 6 Cookstowns Mark Wilson and his rink of William Lennox, Paul Mitchell and Philip Wallace faced City Of Derry’s Ken McComony. Cookstown got off to a steady start in this match and built up a early lead.

Though K McComony rallied his rink and they kept on the tails of the Cookstown rink of Wilson. With only a few ends remaining Cookstown held a slender lead in this match which was enough to take them over the line with a 22-19 win.

Result and score from the Portglenone match

Portglenone 76 (1) Cookstown 88 (6)

E McCann 26 M Wilson 12

C Jones 14 C Hogg20

K Padgett 16 L McHugh 26

R Hunter 20 D McElroy 30

Next up for Cookstown is an away fixture to face Brookgreen.

All at the club with like to send their congratulations to Damien and Susan McElroy on the birth of their daughter Erin.