Waverley Bowl over Denmead

John Biggs

John Biggs

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Southsea Waverley gave notice that they don’t intend to loosen their grip on the Peters Bowl by thrashing Denmead 103-57 at home.

There were big wins for John Biggs (32-8) and Paul Cooke (35-14), while Tony Sewell gained Denmead’s rink points by beating Barry Starks.

However, Waverley are not top of the Portsmouth & District Bowls Association division one table.

That honour goes to Alex following their 83-59 home triumph over Priory.

They won on all four rinks, led by John Leggett’s 27-13 victory over Tony Knellor.

Close behind are Fareham, who used home advantage to beat College Park 86-64.

Cyril Friend led the way, defeating Dave Smith 27-20.

At Northern Parade, Vospers defeated Rowner 74-54, winning on three rinks.

Marty Wake led the way for Vospers, defeating Graeme Coles by 16 shots. Keith Gerrard gained Rowner’s point by beating Ray Porter 21-11.

In division two, Waterlooville have obviously found the knack of winning on proper grass after they beat Cowplain by a single shot.

Again, Dave Baxter was ’Villes top skip, winning by 19 shots.

Milton Park’s tactic of using their first-team skips in Combination matches is having mixed results.

Last week, they were soundly beaten by Lee-On-Solent.

This week, on home turf, they beat Star 92-69.

Mick Molloy’s 34-14 victory over Steve Sprake sealed the victory.

Lee-On-Solent carried on their good work from last week by defeating Crofton 97-59.

Ray Cullen led the way with a 14-shot victory over K Thorpe.

Ian Knowlton managed to get rink points for Crofton by winning his last two ends over Dave Heather.

In the other game, Leigh Park defeated Gosport 85-75, with both teams winning two rinks.

Paul Hatherley and Peter Robinson did the damage for Leigh Park, with Ken Kingston and Chris Hay responding for Gosport.

In division three, Water Company maintained their strong start to the season, beating Copnor by eights shots.

Water won three rinks, with Mick Edney’s 12-shot victory negating Terry Budd’s 11 shot win for Copnor.

Hayling Island and Naismith began their season with a close game at Hayling Park, with the home side winning by two shots.

Each team won two rinks, with Ray Hoskins’ 11-shot win over Ben Brumby covering Bob Randall’s 18-shot loss to Kevin Boyd.

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