College Park leave Vospers seeing red

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Gosport Forton Bowling CLub team members, back row, left to right:  Eric Meighan, Byron Lewis, Mick Lush,
Graham Sampson and Rob Williams
. Front Row, left to right: Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher (team captain
holding cup) and Malcolm Stimpson.

Another one for the trophy cabinet

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College Park Red retained the Portsmouth & District League town division midweek title.

They saw off the challenge from Vospers Blue to take the victory.

In the first leg, played at College Park, Vospers got off to an excellent start and were 18 shots up after six ends, leading on all three triples.

By the 12th end, they had extended their lead to 24 shots.

However, College Park, led by Dave Smith’s triple, fought back and reduced Vospers’ winning margin to 55-47.

Leading the way for Vospers was Ray Porter’s triple who beat Clive Carter’s trio 20-7.

Dave Tiller won a tight game with Ray Markwell 18-15.

For College Park, Smith’s trio won the last six ends to finish 25-17 victors over Pete Sansbury.

In the second leg, it was College Park who got off to a fast start and quickly wiped out the eight-shot lead Vospers held after leg one.

The last six ends were a tense affair as Vospers did their best to stem the tide against them.

It finally came down to the skips and Vospers’ Ray Porter had three attempts to trail the jack for required shots, failing narrowly on each occasion.

That meant College Park won all three triples for a 56-41 victory.

It proved enough to give them a 103-96 overall margin of success.

District honours went to Gosport A as they beat Cowplain in a tense division final.

Gosport’s Brian Kelsey and Ken Kingston performed well.

But Graham King’s triple fought back for Cowplain and they wrapped up a 54-43 first leg win.

Gosport stormed back in the second leg, led by Ken Kingston.

They soon erased their deficit and big wins for Kelsey and Kingston meant Gosport comfortably took the leg 60-30.

That gave them the district title by 19 shots, with a 103-84 final score.