Marchant gets England call-up

Matt Marchant, left, has been called up for England trials
Matt Marchant, left, has been called up for England trials
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Matthew Marchant has been invited to attend the Bowls England men’s senior international trial.

The Southsea Waverley bowler will be aiming to secure an England return after lining up for the national team this summer.

He will make the trip to Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, on Saturday, September 19.

In Portsmouth & District League action, Waterlooville’s nine-shot home win over Milton Park meant they were safe from relegation in division one.

That battle was between Milton and Vospers and it was settled when Milton, despite losing their game against Priory by 10 shots, managed to get four points, enough to put them out of Vospers reach.

So it’s Vospers who will join Denmead in division two next season.

In the battle to finish runners-up to Southsea Waverley, Alexandra did their best with two home wins, defeating Rowner by 19 shots and then champions Waverley by 17.

That saw the Alex bowlers hold second spot.

But the outcome now rests on College Park’s last game at Vospers, which they need to win and on three rinks.

In division two, Naismith lost by six shots at home to Gosport.

However, the five points they picked up from the game moved them out of the relegation zone above Cosham Park.

Portsmouth Water needed to pick up five points themselves to avoid the drop.

However, they only managed four from their five-shot home defeat at the hands of Bedhampton, so it’s they who will be playing in division three next season.

In division three, the 32-shot home defeat suffered by Phoenix at the hands of Crofton condemned them to the wooden spoon.

Meanwhile, in the battle to see who would be promoted alongside Hayling Island, Bridgemary defeated Gas Social by four shots, while Purbrook Heath crushed Emsworth by 27 shots.

So, in the final match, Purbrook must win on two rinks to top Bridgemary.

Finally, Hayling celebrated winning the division with a 24-shot away win at Phoenix.

In combination one, despite the four-shot home defeat at the hands of relegated Naismith, the rink points Alexandra Red picked up from the game meant they pipped Hayling Island to the runner-up spot by virtue of their superior shot difference.

In combination five, the 12-shot defeat Cosham C suffered at the hands of Fareham B confirmed them as the wooden spoon.

In the midweek triples east division, Hayling Island jumped above Bedhampton and Cowplain, to sneak the division crown.

In a rearranged game, Hayling travelled to Purbrook Heath and walked away with 10 points after their 12-shot win over Purbrook Gold. Then, they picked up eight points from the single-shot home win over Leigh Park.

So the final matches for all three clubs meant each had a chance of the title.

Bedhampton travelled to Waterlooville and lost by 29 shots, only picking up two points in the process.

Meanwhile, Cowplain hosted Hayling, and it was Hayling that triumphed by three shots, picking up 10p oints in the process.

So, after the dust had settled, Hayling had won the division (after a gap of 14 years) by one point from Bedhampton and would now be taking on the West Division winners in the District League shoot-out.

In the Midweek triples west division, Rowner A finished off their season with a 14-shot away win at Gosport B, picking up all the points in the process.

They sit at the top of the top but have to wait for Gosport A’s rearranged match at Portchester on September 4 to see who wins the division. Gosport MUST win the game to overtake Rowner.

In the Midweek triples division, Bedhampton Blue top the Division, but Bridgemary have three games still to play so can top them.