Hayling capitalise to beat Fareham... Waverley up and running

Paul Cooke enjoyed a fine start. Picture: Rob Atkins
Paul Cooke enjoyed a fine start. Picture: Rob Atkins
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The outdoor bowls season evening leagues got off to a soggy start with only three games out of a scheduled 32 being played.

On the Wednesday, only one game was played in Portsmouth combination division one.

Hayling Island capitalised as they left with the points, defeating Fareham C 66-56.

The 20-shot win for Fareham’s Jim Ramshaw couldn’t offset the 15-shot victories gained by Hayling’s Neil Blacklin and Tom Walsh.

Friday’s weather was little better, with just two division one games being played.

Southsea Waverley’s defence of their title is up and running, with a 13-shot victory over last year’s runner up Rowner.

Waverley won on three rinks.

Paul Cooke’s rink led the way with a 10-shot victory over Keith Gerrard, while Barry Stafford got Rowner’s points with a seven-shot victory over Barry Starks.

Meanwhile, Waterlooville celebrated their return to the top division by making full use of their artificial surface in beating Alexandra by 14 shots, also winning on three rinks.

For Ville, there were big wins for the rinks of Syd Ralph (12 shots) and Dave Baxter (11 shots).

In reply, Danny Smith’s rink won by 15 shots to get Alex’s points.

Hopefully the weather will quickly improve, with more sunshine needed to ensure all the area’s bowlers can get back out on the greens.