Hampshire Police got off the mark quickly with a 72-35 victory against Fareham Cheetahs in the opening round of the Palmerston Cup.
The competition for outdoor bowling clubs to play against each other on the indoor rinks at Palmerston IBC in Fareham got under way on Sunday.
Dave Biggs, skipping for the Police, ran out a 25-10 winner, despite having to battle hard in the early stages against Paul Nicholls.
Derrick Fulker matched Biggs’ dominance as he also picked up a 25-10 win for the Police.
On the third rink, the Police rink skipped by John Lind against Dave Holland (Fareham) romped into a 14-0 lead after just five ends.
But that marked a change in fortunes as Fareham scored a single on end six and began to play short jacks.
This saw the Fareham score start to rise but the Police rink were too resilient and held on to win 22-15.
The 72-35 success was a far bigger margin of victory than expected – the two teams having played out many close matches in previous seasons but not on this occasion.
Meon Valley came out on top in their opening contest against Rowner with a 61-40 victory.
Mike Tennent skipped his Meon rink to a 17-13 win, despite Rowner’s John Bailey winning the final four ends.
Phil Walker’s rink won a dramatic tussle 24-18 to keep Meon in command.
Rowner hit back from 17-7 down to lead 18-17 but Meon Valley held their nerve to seal the victory with a five and a two on the final two ends.
John Farley looked in total command for Meon Valley against Brenda Reading.
The Valley rink scored steadily and after 13 ends were leading 20-3.
However, this marked the end of the scoring by the Valley team.
Rowner won the last five ends but could not prevent a victory for the Valley rink by 20-9.
Portchester Gold will take on Fareham Panthers on Sunday.