He won the first two shots with Sexton taking the third. Kingston was back in front after his fourth. Sexton then got a great fifth to regain the lead by 15m. He then beat a big bowl from Kingston to stay in front.
They both missed Crowley’s bend with their seventh shots with Kingston just leading again.
Kingston held the lead to McCarthy’s bend. Sexton’s next bowl hit the back of a wall. That gave Kingston a chance to extend his lead, but he just beat the tip.
Kingston held the lead to the finish, but never put the score to bed. He beat a big 12th bowl from Sexton by 10m. He took the next by 30m. Sexton then missed the line.
Kingston looked to have a chance to wrap it up, but played his bowl left and beat the tip by just five metres. Sexton closed with a good bowl, but Kingston replied with a better one and beat it well.
Sexton is busy again next Sunday against Martin Coppinger in the feature score of the Ray Murnane benefit at Durrus.
This will be a good test in his preparations for his meeting with Aidan Murphy at Terelton in the first round of the Munster senior championship. His brother Séamus has an even bigger test when he faces defending champion David Murphy at Carraig na bhFear.
Martin Coppinger meets last year’s beaten finalist, Gary Daly, in his first score of the 2016 campaign at Ballincurrig.
James O’Donovan, who beat Daly at Grange, faces John Creedon at Bweeng. Last year’s intermediate champion Michael Bohane meets Éamon Bowen at Béal na mBláth.
Killian Kingston, Arthur McDonagh and James Buckley all received first round byes.
James O’Donovan showed impressive form in beating Gary Daly by over a bowl in the Willie Whelton Cup at Grange.
Daly won the opening tip, but O’Donovan opened a big lead with a great second shot.
Daly closed the gap again by opening the stud farm bend in three. O’Donovan led to the end of Holland’s wall. Daly then got a brilliant bowl towards de Barra’s to lead by 40m.
The score turned when Daly missed the school cross in two and O’Donovan made it to go almost a bowl clear. O’Donovan raised a full bowl with a great shot to O’Sullivan’s.
Daly followed with two great bowls to Hodnett’s bungalow to bring the lead well under a bowl. O’Donovan restored the bowl after two more to McCarthy’s and sealed with a big bowl past Barry’s towards the pub.
Willie O’Donovan beat Nicholas Carey by almost a bowl in a tremendous Munster intermediate championship tie at Clashmore. He had a nice lead after two, but Carey took over to Butna Foley’s where he was almost a bowl clear.
O’Donovan then got two incredible bowls, the first almost to the top of the lios and the second well down towards the hollow, which put him almost a bowl clear.
Carey closed the gap with a massive bowl through Coolbagh cross.
They battled over the bowl for the next series of shots. Carey knocked it at the ash tree and had the lead back to about 80m facing the line. He missed the line with his last throw though.
Bill McAuliffe leads Wayne Callanan by almost a bowl in Ballincurrig. That score had to be abandoned at the big corner after torrential hailstone made the the road unplayable.
McAuliffe led from the off and opened a good lead with his shot to the green. He increased his odds with his bowl through the lines and held the upper hand to Leahy’s.
He went almost a bowl clear in the shots to the big corner at which point the tips had to be painted.
Terry Sexton had a dramatic last shot win over Paul O’Brien in the East Cork – Waterford Junior A championship at Clashmore.
He shaded the first two shots, but O’Brien took the third to Hurton’s cross. They were lockd together to the top of the lios.
O’Brien then got a great bowl to light at the bottom of the lios and led well. He increased his lead past Coolbagh cross. He had almost a bowl of odds at the hollow and held it to the last bend.
Sexton then got an absolute miler all the way to the layby, which cut O’Brien’s lead to a metre for the last shot. Sexton closed with another big one. O’Brien’s looked good too, but it veered right and missed it by a metre.
Denis Wilmot beat Jerry Murphy by almost three bowls in the Mid-Cork Junior A at Ballinacurra. Wilmot led from the off and was a bowl clear at Foley’s.
He raised a second bowl with a super shot past Perrott’s. He bowled brilliantly to the line where he was three clear.
John Butler got a sensational last bowl at Templemartin where he beat Cian Shorten in the last shot of the Mid-Cork junior B semi-final. Shorten just missed the line with his second last. Butler then opened the pub cross from the top of the hill to snatch it.