Royals stengthen grip on throne

Roland Bloy. Picture: Mick Young

Roland Bloy. Picture: Mick Young

Portsmouth Victory won the EIBA national men's over-60 fours title in Nottingham. From left: Colin Thresher, Barry Starks, Charlie Bailey, Dave Watts, pictured with EIBA president Mike Andrew

Starks leads Victory to national title

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The Royals have opened up a five-point lead at the top of division one of the Portsmouth & District Triples League.

The trio of Tony Cole, Dorian Bishop and Graham Moore look to have the title at their mercy after maintaining their 100-per-cent record against The Blues.

Royals were overwhelming 20-shot winners in the clash.

Copouts (Roland Bloy) are sitting in second spot after winning the final five ends to turn a four-shot deficit into a four-shot victory against Layabouts (John Biggs).

D.Dennis (Paul Lawrence) won by five against Naismith (Mark Woolven) and the new team, DRCC (Charlie Bailey), were always in the ascendancy as they beat Yankers (Jonathan Leggett) by eight shots.

In division two, both Kackanders (Matthew Marchant) and Jack High (Alex Marchant) still boast a 100-per-cent record.

Kackanders went on a scoring spree with a 23-shot victory against Aray (Richard Turvey), while it was a little tougher for Jack High who won by four against Gamblers (Iain Mackenzie).

Ice Cream (Martin Wake) lost by three shots to Moneyfields (Trevor Moore), and Portchester Vets (Shaun O’Mara) got off the mark when they scored 12 shots in the final four ends to win by 10 against Long Jacks (Les Pycroft).

In the Tuesday league, the leaders are Post Office (Trevor Moore) who still boast a 100-per-cent record after a six-shot success against Odd Bowls (Dave Powe).

Second-placed Captains Lot (John Farrar) had a runaway 14-shot victory against City (Geoff Matthews), and Claret n Blue (Roland Bloy) won by seven against Next (Iain Mackenzie).

Leeways (Brian Jones) opened their winning account with a 10-shot victory against Strollers (John Hislop), while Fiesta (Richard Harris) won by just one shot against College Park (Steve Greenwood).

Gravediggers (John Scott) have taken over the top spot in the Wednesday league after a 15-shot victory against previous leaders Combine (Len Chubb).

Poachers (Bob Newell) moved in to third as they included a count of seven in their seven-shot success against Park Lane (Ross Valcic).

Assassins (Steve Harper) scored six shots in the final two ends to beat Tangier (Ernie Stow) by four shots.

It was a welcome change of fortune for Newcomers (Alvin Millard), as they won the first five ends on the way to a first victory of the season.

They ended 10-shot victors over The Royals (Les Wilkinson).

Trophy holders Griffs (John Rawlings) enjoyed a comfortable 14-shot victory against The Alex (Charlie Gee).

Friday leaders Toromos (Arthur Newland) retained their perfect record with a three-shot win against Fareways (Ken George).

Second-placed Standons (Ted Coward) won by two shots against Wickers (Chic Tiller), and Argyles (Terry Barton) were five-shot winners against Flotsam (Kath Patrick).

New Team (Alan Sprake) shone with a five-shot win against Waverley (Dave Wildman), and Jays (Bert Somerset) were comfortable 17-shot winners against Collegians (Les Watts).

The Tuesday day triples league leaders, The Blacktop Boys (Graham Guy), conceded shots on four ends only as they won by 17 against College Park (Mike Poling).

Still in second place, despite losing by seven shots against Yard Short (Mike Perry), are Pirates (Mark Howe).

There was a close game between Postman Pat (Paul Ellis) and True Blues with Postman Pat winning by two shots.

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