Wilmot proves too hot for O’Sullivan

Brian Wilmot beat Liam O’Sullivan by over a bowl in the Marsh Road final on Sunday.

O’Sullivan won the first two tips, but lost significant ground when he made a mistake with his fourth. Wilmot was almost a bowl in front at the top of the quarry hill. O’Sullivan then played two poor shots in succession to fall well over a bowl behind. Wilmot missed the steps with his next and O’Sullivan hit back with a great bowl to sight to bring the lead just under a bowl.

Wilmot played his next bowl into the right giving O’Sullivan a chance to get back into contention, but he beat the tip by just 60m. Wilmot punished his leniency with a great bowl towards Ballyhilty, which gave him over a bowl again. He increased his odds in the shots to sight. O’Sullivan reduced the lead at the novice line, but his next was poor and Wilmot ended the contest with a good reply.

Paul Rafferty beat Paul O’Reilly in the last shot of the Bill Hillock Cup final on the Cathedral Road.

O’Reilly opened with three sensational bowls to Campbell’s corner to take a commanding lead. His form then dipped and Rafferty was in front at Starr’s Hill. He led comfortably without impressing till O’Reilly levelled with a great bowl past Rowntree’s lane. O’Reilly was out of it just as quickly though as he just made the lime kiln line in two more to give Rafferty an easy win.

Michael Desmond beat Paul Harrington by almost a bowl in the Kilbrittain final. He opened with a sensational shot to go almost a bowl in front. He didn’t maintain that intensity though and Harrington was level at the cross. Harrington then gained a decent lead with three good bowls in succession. His good work came undone when he then played a short bowl. Desmond regained the lead, but Harrington stayed in contention down to the third last shot. Desmond then played another massive bowl to go almost a bowl in front again. Harrington missed he line with his last and Desmond beat it well with a great last throw.

Aidan Murphy cruised into the second round of the O’Connell- Dullea Cup with a one-sided win over James O’Donovan at Ballygurteen. O’Donovan won the opening shot, but Murphy won the second. O’Donovan missed light with his third and Murphy went out to go a bowl in front. He had a second bowl at the women’s lane and he increased that to almost three at O’Donovan’s. He extended his lead to Burke’s where O’Donovan conceded.

Dan O’Halloran was equally dominant against John O’Donoghue in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch. He raised a bowl at the white wall and was two clear at Boula lane. He took his lead to three bowls at the top of the straight where O’Donoghue conceded.

Declan O’Donovan bowled well at Bauravilla where he beat Vincent Kiely by a bowl in a JJ Murphy Cup tie. He got the better of the first three shots to the cross. Kiely won the fourth and increased his lead to a bowl at the rock. O’Donovan hit back with three great shots to the bridge to go back in front. He went close to the line in another three great throws to take his lead to a bowl of odds.

Edmund Sexton beat Arthur McDonagh in the last shot at Ballinacurra. He had 60m odds after three to Brinny cross. He increased his lead to Foley’s and raised a bowl at the waterworks. He increased his odds past Perrott’s, but McDonagh had it back to a level bowl at the GAA. Sexton got the better of the shots to the bridge to take his lead well over a bowl again.

McDonagh knocked the bowl to Powell’s and kept it under a bowl with his shot to the Novice D line. Sexton made a mistake with his reply and was now just 30m fore. McDonagh cut that to 10m with a good bowl to the Junior C line. He then got a great shot past the avenue. Sexton was lucky to beat that after his bowl got an amazing rub at the avenue. They were still level facing the line, but McDonagh got a poor last shot and Sexton beat it well.

Sean Twomey beat Ger O’Driscoll in the last shot in the opening score on the new Timoleague road. O’Driscoll took control in the middle half of the score and led by over a bowl. Twomey finished strongly and led with two to go. He increased his odds with his second last, but O’Driscoll played a great last shot, which left Twomey with a tricky shot to beat. O’Driscoll reversed the result in the return score.

At Clashmore Tony Murphy had a double. He teamed up with Billy Dalton to beat Tom Allen and John McGrath in the first and then beat McGrath in a single. Moss Twomey beat Billy Quirke by two bowls in the Christy Coleman Cup (B) semi-final.

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