Scott earns place in Irish finals

Scott Jess, Lisnagarvey, winner of the NIBA junior singles.
Scott Jess, Lisnagarvey, winner of the NIBA junior singles.

Scott Jess, Lisnagarvey, won the NIBA Junior Singles and will play in the Irish Bowling Association finals on September 4 and 5.

In the final at Carrickfergus on Saturday he took a 9-2 lead over D. Anderson, Carrick and built up a 16-6 advantage.

He was well on the way to the title at this stage, but Anderson kept on fighting and Jess held his nerve to win comfortably enough 21-17.

Jess had a closely fought semi-final battle before pulling away to win 21-15 against R. McKeown, Whitehead, on Monday night.

Philip Cromie and Noel Graham, Lisnagarvey, had a great battle in the pairs against R. Cregan and G. McGleave, Divis on Wednesday night.

The semi-final tie always appeared likely to be really close, but the predictions appeared to be wrong when they trailed 7-15, but the Garvey pair lifted a four to come back to 11-16 and 14-17 with an end left.

Cromie/Graham were lying a definite two at the last end and several bowls were in the measure before the Garvey pair lost by a shot. Dromore’s Nathan Haire lost 10-21 to D. Anderson, Carrick, in the semi-final of the junior singles on Monday night.