Rampant Fareham remain unbeaten

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Fareham held on to their unbeaten record and top spot in division one with a 21-shot victory at Alexandra.

Meanwhile, Southsea Waverley are up to second place – above Rowner – after beating them by 25 shots.

Vospers moved up a place after a 15-shot victory at Alexandra Park against Denmead.

Hitting form for the hosts were the rink of Reg Harnett, Alan Davey, Tony Berridge and skip Ray Porter, who included a count of seven as they won by 18 against Mark Dubb.

Although starting slowly, the Dave Harding-skipped rink came back from seven in arrears to beat Glyn Jones by seven shots.

There was some consolation for Denmead as Steve Puttock won by eight against Bob Chadwick and Roland Bloy had a two-shot success against Peter Sansbury.

College Park won on three of the four rinks at Canoe Lake but – thanks to Star & Crescent’s Steve Sprake, who won by 12 shots against Mike Elliott – they lost the game by one shot.

Winning skips for College were Dave Smith, Terry Smith and Adrian Snook.

In division two, Milton Park remain in top spot.

But they had their drive to return to division one slowed down as Leigh Park beat them by three shots and took 14 of the 16 points on offer at Front Lawn.

For the hosts, Barry Dixon beat Mick Molloy by five, Paul Hatherley won the last four ends to beat Dave Biggs by two and Alex Vernall jnr scored three shots in the final two ends to beat John Biggs by one.

Meanwhile, the only winner for Milton was Tony Hurst, who – thanks to trebles in three of the final four ends – beat Peter Robinson by five shots. Second-placed Bridgemary closed the gap on the leaders with a 17-shot victory against Naismith.

Playing on their Cunningham Drive green, Alex Bloxham was in fine form and had a runaway 22-shot victory against Les Watts.

Also on form was Phil Pinder with a 14-shot win against Keith Brocks.

It was a little disappointing for Naismith’s Mick Penny, who had a 21-shot win against John Collyer but ended up on the losing side.

Waterlooville kept up their winning streak on their all-weather surface with a 17-shot win against Cowplain.

But they did lose on two rinks, which was a first on their green.

For ’Ville, Brian Penter and Cyril Hilton were winning skips.

And for Cowplain, Brian Franklin won by five against Peter McWilliam and Ted Howard won the final two ends for a one-shot victory against Ron Jackson. There was still no joy for Cosham, though.

They suffered another defeat as they lost by 27 shots to Water Co.

Leading the way for the Water boys was Arthur Hind, with a 21-shot win against Dean Boswell, followed by a 14-shot win by Mike Leeson against Reg Pearce.

There were four points for Cosham as Paul Wallen and Mel Dunbar both won on their rinks.

Division three leaders Gas Social maintained their lead with an eight-shot victory against Post Office, who sit at the bottom of the table.

For Gas, Barry Tiller won by eight against John Vinten and Terry Williams had a five-shot success over George Aylwin.

Posties had a little consolation as Bob Gilmour won the final five ends to win by three shots against Geoff Matthews and John Urry scored eight shots in the final four ends to beat Mike Hatchard by two.

Second-placed Gosport entertained Drayton Park and won by 13 shots, with Graham Clapham, Jim Oswell and Chris Hay skipping winning rinks.

The only solace for Drayton Park was the six-shot win of Ron Priestley over Ken Kingston.

Copnor had their best win of the season so far, taking all 16 points as Roy Pridham, Peter Moody, Terry Budd and Dave Kingswell all skipped their rinks to victory in their 24-shot triumph over Hayling Island.

In the other game played, Pembroke Gardens won by two shots against Eastney at Milton Park. For Eastney, Ivor Gardner and Brian Brown were winning skips and, for Pembroke, Ken Howard and Peter Cole were winners.

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