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Mark Wilson to the fore in Irish Bowling Association Championships

Andy Watters

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Provincial bowlers were very much to the fore in the IBA Championships at the weekend.

Leading the way was Cookstown's Mark Wilson who was involved in a titanic tussle in the singles final against former champion Noel Graham.

Despite being in arrears in the latter stages the Lisnagarvey player kept plugging away to eventually go down by a single shot.

Wilson was also involved in the fours decider but his rink went down 22-11 to Bangor's Keith Taylor.

However, his north-west colleagues completed a hat-trick of victories when Aaron Tennent and Gary Kelly won the pairs and Colin Hogg skipped his side to success in the senior fours.

Whitehead's Martin McHugh, a perennial fixture on finals day, was successful in the triples but his clubmate Ryan McHugh was overwhelmed by Crumlin's John Byrne in the under-25 singles.

Banbridge's Jack Moffett repeated his 2014 victory in the youth singles when he defeated defending champion Adam McKeown of Mossley by five shots.

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