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Mark Wilson to the fore in Irish Bowling Association Championships

Andy Watters

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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