Records tumble as sublime Edmond Sexton powers to victory over Thomas Mackle

Edmond Sexton did record bowling at Lyre in his three bowls of odds win over Thomas Mackle in the Mother Hegarty Cup on Sunday.

He set a new record with his opening bowl to the end of the soccer pitch, which gave him almost a bowl of odds.

His second beat the forestry by 80m, which gave him well over a bowl. He followed with two more exceptional bowls to the tunnel, which had him almost two bowls clear.

He set another road record by making Crowley’s pillars in five and raising two bowls of odds. He opened Crowley’s bend in six and had sight past McCarthy’s in two more to stretch his lead to three bowls.

Mick Murphy beat Christy Butler in the Munster Vintage (over-60) A final at Ballinacurra on Saturday.

He opened with a fine bowl, but Butler beat it.

Murphy made the bollards with his second. Butler’s reply hopped the kerb on the right and missed the tip. He made up for this with a great third to Brinny Cross, which Murphy missed by 20m. Butler held the lead in the next through the cross.

Murphy then got a good bowl to Foley’s. Butler lobbed his reply, which stripped it of speed and left him well hind. Murphy took advantage with a great bowl past the waterworks and pushed his lead to almost a bowl at Perrott’s. He got a great bowl to the crush, but Butler beat it to keep the lead under a bowl.

Butler cut the lead in the shots to the GAA. Murphy was back on track with his next facing the bridge. He only reached Powell’s with his next, but Butler missed it to fall a bowl behind. Butler was too wide with his shot past the concrete and Murphy consolidated his odds.

Kevin Ruby and Kevin Leahy will contest the Vintage B final.

Both semi-finals were played at Clondrohid. Ruby beat Brendan Hayes by a bowl in the first and Leahy beat Pat O’Sullivan in the second.

Hayes opened with a great bowl to the mill gate, but Ruby beat it well. Hayes made the end of the wall with his second and Ruby hit back with a big shot to stretch his lead to a bowl. Hayes fought back to bring the lead under a bowl at the Bell Inn.

Hayes got a poor shot there though and Ruby restored his bowl of odds. He held that to Gough’s lane and increased his odds to the line.

Pat O’Sullivan shaded Kevin Leahy in all the tips to the Bell Inn. Leahy got a huge bowl from there, which turned the score. He raised a bowl at Teerbeg cross. O’Sullivan rallied strongly and was back in contention for the last shot. He played a good last bowl, but Leahy had too much in hand and beat it by 20m.

Tim Walsh beat Willie Murphy in the Vintage C semi-final at Macroom. That pits him against Teddy Murphy in the final.

Jenny Connolly beat Chloe O’Halloran in the Munster Junior Ladies final at Drinagh. O’Halloran started smartly.

She had 30m odds at the line cross and made sight at the church in two more where she looked set to raise a bowl. Connolly got a great bowl to sight at the rectory to win her first lead.

She made sight at Shandrum cross in two more to extend her lead to almost a bowl. She raised a full bowl of odds in the shots from the black sticks. O’Halloran closed with three massive bowls. The first over the rise and down into the hollow cut the lead to 40m. Her next reduced the odds 30m for the last shot. She then beat the line but Connolly beat that by 10m to secure her win.

Earlier Hannah Sexton beat Rachel Desmond by a bowl in the Munster u14 final. They shared the lead to the barking dogs. Sexton got two big bowls towards the church to raise a bowl. Desmond knocked the bowl in the next two to the rectory. Sexton raised the bowl again after two more to Shandrum cross. She beat the line in three more.

Katie McGuirk beat Natalie Desmond by a bowl in the U12 final. McGuirk led to Shandrum cross. Desmond won the lead with a great shot from there. McGuirk regained the lead with a great throw to the rectory. She pushed clear between the church and the barking dogs and raised a bowl in the run in.

Killian Kingston gave a five-star performance at Grenagh where he beat Éamon Bowen by almost three bowls. Bowen was in contention to the half-way line. Kingston raised a bowl with his next and had well over a bowl facing Boula lane. He scorched to the lane with another big bowl to end Bowen’s challenge.

Gary Daly beat Aidan Murphy by a bowl at the same venue. He looked to have it wrapped up when he led by well over a bowl at Boula lane. He faltered somewhat in the closing shots, but still beat a big last shot from Murphy to win by a bowl.

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