Weather is the winner in Dunbarton’s home clash

Norman Cunningham in action. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography INBL1423-285EB
Norman Cunningham in action. Pic by Edward Byrne Photography INBL1423-285EB

Last Saturday was supposed to be the day of the eagerly awaited clash of the titans as Dunbarton A team were to host Ballymoney in the third round of the Irish Senior Cup, a repeat of the 2012 final.

However, there was only one winner on Saturday and that was the weather as a flooded green put paid to this contest. The rematch will now take place this Saturday in Gilford, again starting at 2pm.

Before then however, the locals will travel to Willowfield in the league on Tuesday night and then two nights later face the unenviable task of travelling to Ballymena in the quarter final of the Private Greens Cup.

The league match against Willowfield will not be easy, especially with two of the team’s most influential players, Michael Higgins and Pete Convery unavailable. However, the locals are sitting pretty in the league at the moment as below and are the only unbeaten side in Private Greens Senior Division One.

The Senior Private Greens Cup quarter final on Thursday night will be as tough a game as the locals could have been drawn with a trip away to old rivals, Ballymena. Whilst the home side could be missing influential skip Jim Baker, Dunbarton hope to have Michael Higgins back, although Pete Convery will still be on holiday. Although the locals are so far unbeaten, their biggest games thus far have been at home so this will be a good test of the locals’ trophy winning credentials. Should the Gilford men emerge victorious, they will take on the winners of Willowfield and Belmont Park in the semi finals.

The trial team for the Private Greens Under 25 team was picked last week and Dunbarton have five bowlers selected for the trial at Ulster Transport BC on Thursday 19th June. 15 year old Ryan McElroy will play at lead, while his older brother Eamonn will play second along with Matthew Adamson and Sean Breen. Clubmate Jack Moffatt will play third and the club would like to wish all bowlers every success.