James O’Donovan’s remarkable winning run continues

James O’Donovan’s incredible season of success continued at Grange on Saturday when he defeated Michael Bohane in the Willie Whelton Cup semi-final.
James O’Donovan’s remarkable winning run continues

Bohane won the first shot, but O’Donovan got a brilliant second to Whelton’s gate to go a shot clear. After Bohane just made sight at the stud farm, O’Donovan went to clear sight to push his lead closer to two bowls of odds. Bohane then missed Holland’s wall and O’Donovan made clear sight to extend his lead. They reached de Barra’s in two more, where O’Donovan’s lead was 20m over a bowl. They both got good shots down the school hill, but neither reached the cross. Bohane deftly curled his next bowl to the middle of Hegarty’s wall. O’Donovan replied with a good loft to keep his lead just over a bowl after eight throws.

Bohane brought the lead under a bowl with a great shot to O’Sullivan’s. O’Donovan hit back with a good bowl up the hill to Hodnett’s farm.

Bohane missed that by 40m to concede the bowls of odds again. He recovered though with two good shots in succession to bring the lead 50m under a bowl.

O’Donovan raised his game again with two more good bowls. The first up the rise put him a bowl clear again. The second one cannoned off the wall past Barry’s and ran to just shy of the pub. Bohane reached the pub with his, to leave just under two bowls between them. Edmond Sexton and Thomas Mackle meet in the other semi-final.

Donncha O’Brien was an impressive winner over Michael Murphy in the Josie Crean Cup at Whitechurch. He won the first shot well and had close to a bowl after his second. He raised the bowl with his fourth to the wall and held that lead in another three past Boula lane.

Murphy played his next to the right and O’Brien increased his lead.

He extended his odds to almost two bowls at the farmhouse and held it to the finish.

John Cahalane had a big win over Andrew O’Callaghan in the Seán Scanlon Cup at Donoughmore. They were level in the first four to the Bounds. O’Callaghan missed Ring’s with his fifth and Cahalane made sight. He took his lead to almost two bowls with a great shot to the halfway line. He didn’t get a big shot to the wall, but O’Callaghan didn’t close the gap.

Cahalane raised a second bowl with a great throw onto the straight. He brought the curtain down with another big from one there.

Thomas Boyle bowled well to score a double over Denis Murphy at Ballinacurra. In the first Murphy opened with a poor shot and his second hopped the kerb. Boyle beat that by 50m. He got the better of the next exchange too through Brinny cross. That put him in a position to reach Foley’s in four where he had edged close to a bowl clear.

He raised a full bowl with his next. They both bowled well to the bridge, with Murphy holding the lead to a bowl. Boyle got two great shots from there to push his lead to almost two bowls.

In the return Murphy was trailing by 80m after three to the bridge. He cut the lead to 20m at Perrott’s, but got a poor shot from there. He then got two big bowls to Foley’s, but Boyle beat both. Boyle got a vital edge with his shot past Brinny cross and won comfortably in the last shot.

David hubbard recovered from a poor first bowl to beat Eugene Kiernan well at Templemartin. He just beat the church cross with his first, but Kieran only beat the tip. Hubbard won the next shots well and increased his lead with two more good throws to the cottage. He made sight at Slyne’s corner with his fifth. Kiernan misplayed his reply, but it rubbed and beat Hubbard’s tip well to hold the lead under a bowl.

He followed with two big shots, but Hubbard beat both. Hubbard went a bowl clear with his next and increased his odds with his following shot to Collins’. Kiernan then missed the paling and Hubbard went up to the schoolhouse cross to push his lead to almost two. He edged to that second bowl in the shots to Buttimer’s.

At Bauravilla, Alex O’Donovan beat Frank Kiely in the last shot, with Donal Crowley a bowl back in third.

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