Southsea Waverley in command after Alexandra stumble again

Charlie Bailey, left, was on form for Fareham
Charlie Bailey, left, was on form for Fareham
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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Alexandra have seen their chances of winning the Portsmouth & District League division one title suffer a major dent.

For the second time in three games they suffered a heavy defeat.

This time they were beaten by 42 shots at Fareham and failed to pick up a single point from the match.

Charlie Bailey and Martyn Dubb led the star rinks for Fareham as they both recorded big wins.

Meanwhile, leaders Southsea Waverley travelled to Denmead and drove the last nail into their coffin.

Alex Marchant’s team won by 31 shots, thanks to big wins for England international Matt Marchant and Gary Starks.

Denmead’s Paul Kennington did manage a 14-shot win.

But those points weren’t enough for Denmead, as results elsewhere meant they are definitely relegated.

College Park are now level on points with Alexandra after their 16-shot home win over Rowner.

Classy College won on the rinks of Dave Smith and Clive Carter, while Graeme Coles and Barry Stafford won for Rowner.

Waterlooville’s problems on real grass continued as they fell to a 15-shot defeat at the hands of Priory, whose win was thanks to Nigel Mundy’s rink, which was backed up by Steve Watt.

Ville won on Dave Baxter’s rink, with the fourth being tied.

The final game was a bottom-of-the-table clash between Vospers and Milton Park.

The game went the way of Vospers by 17 shots as they won on all rinks.

In division two, Lee-on-the-Solent maintained top spot with an excellent 15-shot away win over Star & Crescent, having triumphed on three rinks and drawing the fourth.

Gosport are now second, four points behind the Solent men, after their 15-shot away win at Copnor, which included three rink victories.

Leigh Park’s promotion hopes stalled after they fell to an eight-shot home defeat at the hands of Naismith.

Kevin Boyd won by 26 shots to fire Naismith to glory.

It was a good week for Naismith, as earlier they had defeated co-tenants Copnor by 12 shots at their Swordsands home.

Finally, in the return the battle of the carpet-men, Cowplain got their own back on Bedhampton with a 22-shot victory, thanks to Bryan Franklin’s 21-shot win.

In division three, Hayling kept up their winning run, this time with a 34-shot, three-rink away win at Forton, led by David Friend.

For Forton, Derek Page’s rink prevented the whitewash.

Purbrook Heath kept up with Hayling with a three-rink, 17-shot home win over Gas.

Tony Claydon’s 20-shot victory was key but Ron Langford’s rink prevented them gaining all 16 points.

Third-placed Bridgemary lost by 21 shots at Pembroke Gardens, who won on three rinks.

Emsworth beat Crofton by 39 shots, winning on three rinks, while Eastney defeated strugglers Phoenix by eight shots thanks to Dennis Smith’s rink, who won by 20.