Lee leave it late to seal second spot

Portsmouth Victory won the EIBA national men's over-60 fours title in Nottingham. From left: Colin Thresher, Barry Starks, Charlie Bailey, Dave Watts, pictured with EIBA president Mike Andrew

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Lee-on-the-Solent delivered a late charge to snatch runners-up spot in the top tier of the Combination League.

Waverley Blue had already claimed the title and it looked like it would be a shoot-out between Alex Blue and Fareham C for second place.

However, Lee-on-the-Solent gained the maximum 24 points from their last two games.

And the only chance Alex had to leapfrog them was to claim all the points from their final match away at Waterlooville – something no visiting team had achieved all season.

Unsurprisingly, it was beyond Alex, who went down to a 13-shot defeat – thus confirming Lee in second place.

At the bottom, Priory B were relegated with Denmead – despite a maximum-point win over Milton Park C.

In the second tier, Naismith had already bagged promotion and soon sealed the title.

Waterlooville Green then grabbed 18 points from their remaining fixtures to overtake Waverley Red and take the other promotion spot.

At the bottom, Water Company and Leigh Park were relegated.

The former won the battle between the pair to ensure Leigh Park were handed the wooden spoon.

Four teams were in the hunt to finish in the top two of the third tier – Priory C, Post Office, Alex Red and Pembroke Gardens B.

Priory’s hopes were dashed by an away defeat at Cosham, while Post Office put paid to Pembroke’s chances with a 12-shot victory – which sealed their own promotion.

Alex needed to beat Fareham and win two rinks to go up with them.

And they did it in style with a 31-shot victory that also ensured they took the title by two points from Post Office.

Purbrook Maroon had alreaady won the fourth division – finishing 48 points clear of Waterlooville Brown. Emsworth and Phoenix got the chop.

Bedhampton and the two Cosham sides – C and Debs – were fighting for honours in division five, while Pembroke Gardens were also in the hunt for promotion.

A 48-shot win over Bedhampton saw the latter make the jump, while Cosham C netted the title with a 15-shot derby win over Debs.

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