Champions get off to a flier

Bill Parson helped Leigh Park to a 5-2 win over Cowplain Gas

Bill Parson helped Leigh Park to a 5-2 win over Cowplain Gas

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Reigning champions Copnor A got off to a flying start in the new Portsmouth League.

Scott Compton’s men are going for a hat-trick of titles and their odds shortened as they hammered Copnor C 7-0.

It looked like being a tough opener as Phil Ledington and Tony Simmons played well from the off.

But Steve Morgan found his touch and Mick Hall knocked in an unfinished 45 to make it 2-0.

The champions then stepped up a gear as Steve Toms (36 and 30) and Jon Sunderland made it 4-0.

Compton and Kevin Harding (36) then put the finishing touches to a dream start.

Craneswater A were also quickly into their stride with a big win as they brushed aside Copnor F 6-1.

Andy Boulton ran in a 59, adding to easy wins by Steve Cole and Rob Kirby.

Mike Talmondt and skip Tony Hansford got past chairman John Shervell and John Oldfield to take it to 5-0.

Last on was John Wyatt against Colin Rowe – but the luck changed round as Wyatt stopped the whitewash in fine style with a 50-point win.

Leigh Park and Craneswater R both enjoyed 5-2 victories.

The Workies travelled to Cowplain Gas and it looked bad when Steve Hughes gave the home side the lead.

Dean Bates then held his nerve to nick a 150-145 win over Heath Smith.

The next pairing decided the added point as Danny Lumsden did not allow Mike Tillison to knock his handicap off for a 150-point bonus.

Richie Burnett continued the run, pipping Steve McKnight by 150-143 and making it 4-1.

The honours were shared in the last two games, with Carl Fuggle’s home win and Bill Parsons’ reply.

Newly-promoted Craneswater R disposed of Portchester X at Highland Road.

The trio of Gary More, Jim Frisbee and Brian Garside made little of their first top-flight outing. It was soon 4-0 thanks to Andy White.

Jason Tame feared the worst but was soon feeling better as Darren Inch and Andy Macey cut the deficit to 5-2.

Copnor Xcels carried on from their snooker success with a 5-2 triumph over Cowplain in the second tier.

Barry Figgins got them going against James Curtis but Richard Williams and captain Doug Powell put the Plain 2-1 ahead.

Next game on saw Kevin Figgins make full use of his experience to beat Will Garrett to leave it at 2-2 and anyone’s game.

Tony Horten beat Gary Curtis to make the score 3-2 with an advantage of 40, leaving the evergreen Gerry Godden to scrape home 150-149 for the flattering 5-2.

Topspot won the division a couple of years ago and look capable again after a narrow 4-3 victory at Carlton. They started well as Shaun Housome and Steve Wilson put the Hillsiders on the back foot.

Former champion Alan Pratt and Richard Cutler soon hit back to level the scores, leaving the outcome in the balance.

The nail-biting continued in the last two games.

Calculators were evident as Jeff Oakes was edged out by Colin Johnson by four points and Phil Morgan replied with a 150-149 against Nathan Hickley.

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