He was razor sharp from the off, opening with a brilliant bowl and with four more to the grotto where he had a bowl of odds. Sexton knocked the bowl with his next and had the lead back to 40m at Ardcahan cross. Wilmot edged towards a bowl again in the following shots.
Two big bowls to Murray’s cross put him a full bowl clear again. Sexton got a massive bowl past the junior line to bring the lead well under a bowl.
Wilmot pushed almost a bowl clear again with a great bowl over the bridge. He beat the line with his next for a good tally of 16 throws.
Gavin Twohig was sharp too in his emphatic win over PJ Cooney in a Munster intermediate tie at Jagoes Mills.
He won the first three shots to Lordan’s bend where he had 40m odds. He scorched past the dump in three more to raise a bowl.
He played a brilliant seventh to Callanan’s to push his lead close to two bowls.
He made a slip at the railway line, but recovered immediately with a great bowl to the power station to restore his odds.
He raised the second bowl with his next and closed it out with his 10th past the power station.
David Hubbard had to fight all the way to beat Eugene O’Sullivan in the North Cork Junior A championship at Donoughmore.
He led by 30m after five to Ring’s and held that lead in another three to the straight.
On the straight, O’Sullivan had the bad luck to hit a pillar and then a pole which dented his challenge.
Still he led after two more to the second last bend. Hubbard recovered with a great bowl towards the line to lead by 30m. He then beat a big last shot from O’Sullivan.
Denis Wilmot closed with a brilliant bowl at Jagoes Mills to beat David O’Mahony by a bowl in the Mid Cork Junior A.
He was a bowl in front after five to O’Brien’s corner. He held that to the power station.
O’Mahony knocked the bowl to Ballinvard cross and had the lead back to 50m after his next. Wilmot killed off the rally though by beating the line.
In Carbery, John Cahalane beat Tony O’Sullivan by almost a bowl at Bauravilla. The lead was hotly contested till O’Sullivan took a good lead at the bridge.
Cahalane got a brilliant bowl from there. O’Sullivan missed it by 30m and never recovered. Cahalane had greater speed to the line and won by almost a bowl.
Also at Bauravilla, David Shannon scorched to the line in 15 shots to win the Carbery Junior B title at the expense of Donie Harnedy.
He only made the pub with his first shot, but Harnedy just beat it. Shannon won his first lead after two more to Robin’s cross.
He raised almost a bowl with two good throws to the netting and kept that lead with a big shot to Dekker’s. He then played two great bowls to the rock, getting a break there to take his lead well over a bowl.
He raised a second bowl after three more to Madore Station. He beat the line in two more for a total of 15.
In the Munster championship, he may face Shane Lotty, who was equally impressive in the North-East semi-final against Michael Barry at Carraig na bhFear.
Lotty won the first two to sight, but Barry took the third to the doctors. They were locked together to the creamery cross in nine. Barry won the shots from the cross.
Lotty then played three huge bowls in succession. The first went over the hill, he then beat the novice line and opened the last bend with his next to go over two bowls clear.
Michael Wall beat Dave Dennis by almost a bowl in a great East Cork-Waterford Junior B tie at Conna. Two poor opening shots left Dennis a bowl behind.
Wall held that lead to the forge, but Dennis closed the gap up the hill. He lost ground with his shot to the cross. Wall bowled well to keep his lead close to a bowl to the line.
Dave Mackey gave a top class performance too against Denis O’Regan in the Cork city Junior B semi-final at Carrigaline.
He had 70m odds after three great bowls to sight. He made Ashman’s in two more to raise a bowl, which he held to the pump house.
O’Regan knocked the bowl to the straight and had the odds back to 60m with three to go. Mackey hit back with two massive bowls towards the line to raise almost a bowl again.
Vincent Kiely beat Aidan Hurley in the last shot of a great Seán Scanlon Cup tie at Donoughmore.
Hurley won the first five to Ring’s corner. Kiely led after a good bowl past Ring’s and he raised a bowl after two good shots to light at the end of the straight.
Hurley knocked the bowl through the nooks and levelled with a great bowl towards the line.
Kiely kept his focus though and beat Hurley’s good last shot.