Bohane tames Twohig to close in on King of the Roads spot

Michael Bohane bounced back from his Flor Crowley Cup defeat with an impressive win over Gavin Twohig in the Jim O’Driscoll Cup at Ballincurrig.

He is now just one score, against PJ Cooney, away from the King and Queen of the Roads weekend.

Twohig was too low on the left with his opener, an issue that plagued his day. Bohane beat it well, but Twohig kept in touch to the creamery thanks to good second and fourth shots. The score turned dramatically when Bohane went well past the no-play line with a brilliant fifth. Twohig took three throws to cover the same distance and was two shots behind there.

Bohane increased his lead with a good bowl from the line. Twohig cut the odds with his next and then knocked the second bowl with a great shot to the top of the long straight. Bohane took three more to open the big corner against two for Twohig to leave just over a bowl between them. They covered the short straight in one each, which left the lead at an even bowl.

Bohane did better in the shots to the sycamores, but Twohig won the next exchange to the elbow to knock the bowl. Bohane steadied things by making sight with his next. Twohig beat that comfortably, but Bohane closed with another good shot to hold his lead.

The semi-final draws for the Hurley’s of Midleton King of the Roads were announced on Thursday. Defending champion Aidan Murphy plays Ulster champion Cathal Toal and Dutch champion Harold Dolleman.

The other semi-final has the two Mick Barry Cup qualifiers, James Buckley and Bryan O’Reilly, and German champion Matthias Rahmann.

The line up for the Maas Engineering Youth International Triple Crown is David Devlin/Mairéad O’Driscoll (Ireland), Jochem Wennink/Manon Zanderink (Netherlands) and Michael Mülder/Maren Christoffer (Germany). The Dutch pair are defending champions, having scored the line in 14 shots in last year’s final

The semi-final draws for the Global Catering Queen of the Roads will be made on September 25. Three former champions – Carmel Ryan, Kelly Mallon and Silke Tulk (Netherlands) Thursday – will go into the hat with Germany’s Anke Klöpper and two qualifiers from the Gretta Cormican Cup.

Catriona O’Farrell-Kidney, another former Queen, is still in the hunt after a last shot win over Louise Collins at Killumney. She meets Catriona Murphy in the quarter-final at Jagoes Mills.

The winner will play Munster intermediate champion Claire O’Sullivan, who beat Denise Murphy at Béal na mBláth. She led by over a bowl entering the last quarter, but Murphy finished with three great bowls to force a last shot.

On the other side, Emma Fitzpatrick plays Megan Collins in the semi-final, with the winner guaranteed a place in Queen of the Roads. Fitzpatrick beat Geraldine Daly last week, while Collins beat Sharon Russell by a bowl at Ballygurteen.

Mikie O’Driscoll (B) beat Mick Murphy (I) in the last shot of an exciting Munster Vintage (over-60) A final at Killumney.

Murphy won the first tip. O’Driscoll won the next two, but a mistake with his fourth saw his lead cut to 20m. He increased his lead in the next two. Murphy then got a brilliant seventh, but O’Driscoll beat it by 30m. O’Driscoll followed with a great bowl to increase his lead to 60m. Murphy replied with a poor bowl to the right, which missed the tip and left him a bowl behind.

They made sight in two more with the lead just under a bowl. O’Driscoll’s played his next to the right and Murphy hit back with a great bowl past the forestry entrance. O’Driscoll beat that by just 25m. Murphy then played a fine bowl that rubbed and won him back the lead as O’Driscoll just missed that tip.

O’Driscoll was just short of the avenue with his next and Murphy beat it by 15m for the last shot. O’Driscoll played a brilliant last bowl past the line. Murphy did well with his reply but missed it by five metres.

James O’Driscoll and DD Carroll meet in the Vintage B final. In the semi-finals O’Driscoll beat Niall Crowley by almost a bowl at The Clubhouse, while Carroll beat Pat O’Sullivan by the same margin at Durrus.

Jerry Gibbons beat Jimmy O’Driscoll by a bowl in a Deirdre O’Reilly Benefit at Lyre.

Steven Quinlan gave a five star performance at Clashmore where he easily beat Seán Twomey in the final of the Christy Coleman Cup. In the Paddy Hennessy Cup final Aidan Sexton was an equally impressive winner over his home road against Gary Healy.

Two brilliant opening shots set Kieran Murphy up for a two bowls of odds win over Johnny Murphy in the Béal na mBláth final. Christy Mullins beat Gary Daly by a bowl at Ardcahan.

The 12th Unlimited All-Ireland bowling series was held in Bantry with Martin Dullea winning the senior men’s title and Ann Marie Lohan the senior women’s.

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