Hyacinth bloom as Watts powers to handicap Victory

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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Hyacinth left it late to regain second spot in the Victory League Monday ladies’ fours division.

Yvonne Wood, Joan Moase, Gloria Tardivel and June Roberts were being held by a plucky Aster outfit led by Lucy Pettitt.

But a three on the final end saw Hyacinth snatch a 13-10 triumph.

They leapfrogged Buttercups (Joan Wilson), who went down by two shots to Zinnia (Rita Dobson).

Erica (Trish Hampson) beat Freesia (Phyl Watts) 17-8 at the other end of the table, while Daisy (Margaret Moffat) continue their title charge – Pink Ladies (Liz Compton) the latest to fall at the hands of the favourites, this time by a seven-shot margin.

In the Tuesday ladies’ triples competition, Magpies (Ann Smith, Wendy Bradley & Liz Compton confirmed runners-up position behind champions-elect Tarts with a comfortable 25-9 success over Robins (Sheila Wilson).

Blackbirds (June Roberts) beat Jackdaws (Joan Gooch) by 13 and finished mid-table.

Owls (Liz Pescops) overcame Fillies (Trish Hampson) 14-8, while Smilies (Joan Wilson) were off to a fast start against Blues (Marion Wilcockson) and won by 10.

Geordies (Sue Jackson) beat Hustlers (Babs Rhymes) 16-8 in the other game.

Badgers (Cathy Hunt, Ron Williams, Pat Macrae and Dave Deacon) kept the Thursday mixed fours’ title chase alive by edging out leaders Pandas (Joan Wilson) 15-14.

Tigers (Roger Bell) closed up with a seven-shot success over Cheetahs (Arthur Daniels).

And Leopards (Linda McWilliam) rocked Emu’s (Trevor Moore) challenge, winning by one.

Lions (Mick Dunnington) are still in the hunt after overcoming Horses (Derek Bryant) 18-6.

Elsewhere, Jackie Watts is celebrating success in the Victory Handicap Singles Championship.

This competition, sponsored by Specsavers and smoothly run by Liz Compton, attracted 28 entries.

It was played on a knockout basis over six weeks and culminated in Watts beating Gary Starks in an absorbing final.

– Reid Wilcockson