Panthers face anxious wait... Meon on top

Lockswood lost out to Fareham in a close battle
Lockswood lost out to Fareham in a close battle
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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FAREHAM PANTHERS beat Lockswood B but still face an anxious wait to see if they make it through to the quarter-finals.

Meon Valley saw off Bridgemary Red and they top the table.

But Panthers will rely on the leaders doing them a favour.

Banister Park Blue are third and will hope to beat Meon in the final match of the group in January as they target a top-two spot in the race to secure an automatic place for the quarter-finals.

The side who miss out on the top two will have to see if they qualify for the final eight as one of the best two third-placed teams.

It was a nervy and tense match between the Panthers and Lockswood.

After six ends the Panthers were leading 20-17 and after 12 ends they were still in front 43-39.

But Panthers skip Geoff Leech was having trouble trying to contain the Lockswood rink skipped by Lorraine Slater and found himself trailing 13-4 after six ends.

Lockswood ran out 30-12 winners on this rink.

Panthers skip Graham Russell led his team to a narrow 20-17 victory.

And Gwen Mears was generally in control against the Lockswood rink skipped by John Beaumont as after 17 ends the Panthers were leading 25-13.

This rink was slightly behind the play of the other rinks who had finished their games and going into the last end, the overall situation showed Lockswood 60-57 up.

The Panthers front end managed to do the business and were holding five shots with only the skips to play.

Beaumont delivered a perfectly weighted wood into the head to take shot for Lockswood.

Only for Mears to pick up the jack and trail it back to the Fareham woods to score five shots. That meant Fareham Panthers won this rink 30-13 and by winning the last end in style they won the game 62-60.

Meon Valley enjoyed a comprehensive 76-43 win against Bridgemary Red.

It was a close contest for the opening six ends.

Bridgemary led 19-18, however Meon took charge.

John Farley skipped his rink to a 35-10 victory.

John Travers stepped up a gear in the final six ends of his match with Audrey Sitch to win 22-14.

Adrian Booth relied on three shots on the last end to tie 19-19 with Bridgemary’s Peter Cooper.

– KEITH FLEMING