Cairndhu clinch Engraver’s Shield

Cairndhu's indoor bowls team defeated St Cedma's by six shots to win the Engraver's Shield.
Cairndhu's indoor bowls team defeated St Cedma's by six shots to win the Engraver's Shield.

Larne and District Indoor Bowling League: The big game last week saw Cairndhu claim a six-shot win over St Cedma’s in the final of the Engraver’s Shield.

The golfers took control late in the first half when Darren Taylor picked up 10 shots over his last four ends to claim a 15-7 win, while Paul Stinson had a great tussle throughout his game against Leslie King and scored a last end brace to win 9-8.

St Cedma’s battled hard and threatened to close the deficit but the golfers stood firm in a great second half. The Curran Road team did manage to win both rinks by two and one but it was too little, too late. Greg Devenney picked up a count of four on his last end to win by two and his father, Kevin, won by a shot.

Cairncastle took a huge step towards claiming second spot when they beat LB&LTC at home. The bowlers suffered their second league defeat in as many weeks and look likely to slip down to fourth place.

Cairncastle looked to be in trouble midway through the first half but finished strongly to snatch 1.5 points by half-time.

The rinks were shared in the second half but the home team were always ahead, claiming an excellent five-and-a-half points.

Gardenmore managed to win by the same margins when they entertained Ballynure. Kilwaughter were less hospitable against Blue Circle and took the seven points with a wide margin victory.

Whitehead were the only away day winners of the week when they took all the points at First Larne. Islandmagee managed a narrow 5-2 success when they entertained L&K.

The Under-25 Singles’ competition takes place this Saturday at Gardenmore (10 am). Fixtures: March 18: First Larne v Gardenmore, Cairndhu v Cairncastle, Whitehead v Kilwaughter; March 19: Raloo v L&K; March 21, Under-25 Singles at Gardenmore; March 23 St Cedma’s v First Larne; March 24, John Logan final