Marchant hits the jackpot as Waverley beat Vospers

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Leaders Waverley had to fight hard to see off the challenge from hosts Vospers in the Portsmouth & District League division one clash at Northern Parade.

With one end to go on all rinks, Vospers had a two-shot lead, which was extended to four after Terry Smith beat John Biggs 27-14.

However, on the other three rinks, Waverley fought back.

Paul Cooke took a single to narrow his final margin of defeat to 20-16 against Peter Sansbury.

Mark Griffith picked up a three to secure a 25-17 win over Dave Harding, leaving the match level.

The final end between Matt Marchant and Martin Wake was finely balanced.

With his last wood, Marchant managed to draw shot and Wake was unable to dislodge it, leaving Waverley winners by two shots.

Second-placed Fareham kept up the pressure with a similar three-shot home win over Alexandra.

Charlie Bailey’s rink recorded a 16-shot win over Barry Harman to cancel out the 16-shot defeat suffered by Dorian Bishop at the hands of Carl Baggott.

The win was secured by Tom Pullin’s three-shot win over Gary Anderson, which covered Cyril Friend’s one-shot defeat by Dave Deacon.

Third-placed College Park enjoyed a 10-shot away win at Lee-on-the-Solent.

It was a close game throughout but College pulled away over the final three ends.

Winning rinks for College were Steve Feilder, Dave Smith and Clive Carter, with Rab Foster getting Lee’s sole points.

Waterlooville recovered from the defeats of the previous weeks to soundly beat Gosport by 39 shots, thanks to Keith Warren’s 29-shot win over Terry Puttrell and Dave Baxter’s 15-shot win over Chris Hay.

Joe Slatter had a two-shot win against Dave Blackledge, while Derek Collins managed a seven-shot win over Cyril Hilton for Gosport.

Priory carried on from their fine win over College to record a four-shot home win over Rowner.

However, the four points Rowner gained from the match demoted Gosport to the bottom spot.

In division two, Portsmouth Water recorded a 17-shot home win against Cowplain.

The Water men’s win was thanks to Brent Riste’s 15-shot win over Bryan Franklin, with Mick Edney also winning for them.

Graham King and Peter Parry replied for Cowplain.

Leigh Park took advantage by moving into second spot after a 23-shot home win over bottom-of-the-table Bridgemary.

Again, it was the Ben Cope rink that did the damage for Leigh Park, with a 16-shot win over Vic Clark.

Barry Dixon also won for the Park, while Brian Adams replied for Bridgemary.

Milton Park’s good run was halted at Copnor, with the home team gaining an early centenary celebration win with a 19-shot victory.

The win was thanks to Pete Moody’s 21-shot demolition of Dave Brown’s rink, with Dave Powe also getting victory spoils.

Mick Molloy and Andy McKain gained Milton’s points.

Star & Crescent’s good form continued with a slender two-shot home win over Hayling Island.

Simon Filippi’s rink won by six shots. Hayling’s Bob Randall and Tom Walsh were winners but it wasn’t enough.

In the Rowland Cup, the battle of Milton saw Priory getting the upper hand over Milton Park.

Other teams to progress were Waterlooville, Vospers, Cowplain A, Waverley A and B sides, Water Company and Alexandra B.

Meanwhile. Hampshire maintained their good start in the Middleton Cup with an eight-shot away win over Middlesex.

Portsmouth & District League representatives were Waverley’s Marchant, Louis McCubbin, John Leggett, Biggs and Griffith, Fareham’s Charlie Bailey and Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke.

Michael Aldrin and Alex Marchant were among the reserves.