Holders Waverley mean business... Fareham tough it out with help from a Friend

Carl Baggott. Picture: Mick Young
Carl Baggott. Picture: Mick Young
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Defending-champions Southsea Waverley gave notice to the rest of division one that they mean business again.

The powerful outfit crushed newly-promoted Milton Park by 49 shots.

Mark Griffith led his rink to a 22-shot win and Matt Marchant added a 12-shot victory as Waverley dominated.

Paul Cooke’s rink edged Dave Biggs by two shots.

Last year’s runners-up, Fareham, eased to a nine-shot win against Denmead, who came up from division two as champions.

Cyril Friend’s eight-shot defeat of Tony Sewell was crucial for Fareham.

Mike Wright gained some satisfaction for Denmead, beating Charlie Bailey by four shots.

College Park fell to a 13-shot away defeat at the hands of Alexandra.

Dave Deacon’s big win by 21 was key, with Carl Baggott also getting the rink win points.

For College, Steve Fielder’s men defeated new-boy Marty Wake by 14 shots and Paul Lawrence picked up a one-shot win with the last bowl of the match.

Priory started the season well with a nine-shot home win over Vospers, thanks to wins on the rinks of Steve Watt, Mick Jinman and Mike Elliott.

Pete Sansbury replied for Vospers.

Waterlooville made full use of their carpet by beating Rowner by 23 shots.

It was Dave Baxter’s 17-shot defeat of Barry Stafford’s rink that swung the tide.

In division two, the battle between the two relegated clubs went the way of Gosport when they defeated Lee-on-the-Solent by two shots.

Unfortunately for the Solent men, Dave Heather’s 20-shot win over Ken Stanbury was negated by the wins from the Gosport rinks of Ken Kingston, Dave Blackledge and Jim Oswell.

Portsmouth Water beat Cowplain by a margin of 15.

Mick Leeson’s 15-shot win against Peter Parry was key, backed up by the rinks of Brent Riste and Mick Edney.

Cowplain’s Bryan Franklin did his best for his club, defeating Keith Wright by 13 shots.

Naismith beat Bedhampton by 46 shots at their Swordsands home, winning on every rink.

Mick Penny won by 21 and Chris Kircher fired well for a 15-shot success.

Star & Crescent beat Cosham Park by 39 shots.

Mel Wilde, Simon Filippi and Robbie Dennison enjoyed big wins for the victors.

Hayling recorded a 35-shot success against Bridgemary in division three.

Dave Friend recorded a 30-shot victory for Hayling.