Race for glory is hotting up

3/8/2011 (SPORT)''Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament at Alexandra Bowls Club in Northern Parade took place on Wednesday 3rd August 2011.''Pictured is: 2009 singles champion Mike Elliott competing again at the bowls tournament.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112715-7259)
3/8/2011 (SPORT)''Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament at Alexandra Bowls Club in Northern Parade took place on Wednesday 3rd August 2011.''Pictured is: 2009 singles champion Mike Elliott competing again at the bowls tournament.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112715-7259)
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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THE destination of the Portsmouth & District League division one title is still to be decided.

With three games left to play the trophy is up for grabs.

And there is also a battle to avoid suffering relegation alongside Star & Crescent.

Southsea Waverley look favourites to retain the crown, as they beat College Park by three shots.

Playing at the Southsea club, the hosts had to battle hard.

At one stage it looked as though College were heading for a comfortable victory.

After 10 ends the College rink skipped by Martin Wake held a seven-shot lead.

They then lost eight ends on the trot to go down by 10 shots to Paul Cooke.

The Adrian Snook-skipped rink gave away a 10-shot lead as they lost by six to Iain Mackenzie.

There was some joy for College as Paul Lawrence had a nine-shot win against Barry Starks and Mike Elliott won by four against Gary Starks.

Waverley now need six points from their last game, which is against Alexandra, to be certain of retaining the crown.

Alexandra found their form with a 28-shot victory against Lee-on-the-Solent.

Playing at the Northern Parade club, Carl Baggott enjoyed a 10-shot win against Eric Brierley and Peter Leggett won by nine against Terry Rye.

Baz Harman finished with seven shots in the final four ends to beat Dave Heather by six.

And making it maximum points, Jonathan Leggett scored three doubles in the final four ends to win by three against John Etherton.

A victory against their old enemy will open the door for Fareham who enjoyed a comfortable 18-shot victory against Vospers.

Charlie Bailey led the way at Fareham with a 12-shot victory against Peter Sansbury.

Also chipping in was Cyril Friend with an eight-shot victory against Dave Harding and Tony Cole, with a six-shot win against Tony Berridge.

There was two valuable points for Vospers as Bill Marchant beat Les Cunningham by eight.

Vospers also lost by nine shots to Lee-on-the-Solent.

Playing on the Salisbury Terrace green at Lee, the hosts’ Terry Rye and Dave Heather both won by five shots and John Etherton won by two against Tony Berridge.

The one-shot win of Peter Sansbury was a consolation for the visitors.

Lee, who have one game to play against Alexandra, need 11 points to seal their survival.

After an indifferent start to the season College Park finished with a hard-fought four-shot win against Rowner.

The main contributor was Adrian Snook, who won by 14 shots against Barry Stafford.

In division two Milton Park, who have already secured the winners’ trophy to make a quick return to division one, lost their final home game to neighbours Priory by three shots.

The Martin Eggleton-skipped rink enjoyed a 14-shot win against Dave Biggs as Priory secured their survival.