BOWLS: Whitehead back on top with success against Bangor

Whiteheads Stephen McKinley helped his side to victory over Bangor on Saturday. INCT 22-013-PSB

Whiteheads Stephen McKinley helped his side to victory over Bangor on Saturday. INCT 22-013-PSB

Champions Whitehead took over at the top of the NIBA’s table following their hard-fought win over nearest challengers Bangor at Islandmagee Road.

Even though they were missing the Beggs brothers - Stephen and Nigel - who were away to cheer on Northern Ireland in the 2016 Euro Championships, the east Antrim boys still had too much in the locker for their opponents.

The victory, which propelled them one-and-a-half points clear, suggested they are in no mood to surrender their crown without a fight

Although Bangor approached the game boasting the only unbeaten record in the division, it is anticipated that both clubs will be in the shake-up when title is decided later in the season.

Stephen McKinley’s rink tilted the tie in favour of the home team by racking up an impressive 22-12 win against Mark Shannon. James Caldwell made a significant contribution by beating Gary Scott (25-19).

But the Seasiders pocketed a couple of points, courtesy of Graham McKee and Robert Hastings, who battled out narrow victories against Barry Browne (19-17) and McHugh (18-17).

NIBA Division One: Balmoral 107 (7) Dundonald 62 (0), Banbridge 107 (7) Lisnagarvey 58 (0), Donaghadee 105 (5.5) Divis 61 (1.5), Whitehead 81 (5) Bangor 68 (2), Portadown 80 (5.5) Dromore 78 (1.5).