Cowplain Jacks play their cards right against Portchester

Andy Boulton

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Cowplain Jacks celebrated a whitewash over Portchester X in their first game of the season.

Home advantage counted for nothing at Castle Street as Jason Tame’s gang were given a hard time.

Steve Wilson hammered Darren Inch before Dave Rees and Steve Hughes joined in.

Skipper Tame was the next to suffer as Jamie Wilson benefited from his easy handicap mark.

Ashley Bendall ran in a 44 but was beaten by Russ Linkhorn.

Matt James got close to stopping the rot.

But he was edged out 150-148 by new signing Terry Hinkley.

The evergreen Copnor B side have recruited young blood in Matt Hannam and he was on target in a 6-1 demolition of Copnor C.

Phil Ledington won for the C team but his team-mates could not back him up.

John Wyatt and John Oldfield won.

Stacey Wearn and Trevor Sanders completed the scoring.

Steve Toms, Kevin Harding and Mick Hall gave Copnor A a welcome 4-3 verdict over arch-rivals Craneswater A.

Andy Boulton, Rob Kirby and Tony Hansford were on target for the Southsea men, who were up against it with Hall winning by 92 points against Steve Cole.

All three fixtures in division two produced 5-2 scores.

Pompey Royals were too good for Copnor Xcels despite early resistance from Barry and Kevin Figgins.

Chad Wainwright and Steve Orchard both won with ease against Andy Chambers and Gerry Godden.

The next two games were close run with Jon Challacombe and Colin Greenwood sneaking home 150-145 against Graham Farr and Dave Gowing respectively.

Copnor F beat Craneswater R even though Andy Carter managed to accumulate 306 points and win for the beaten side.

Liam Melia also scored for the home side.

However, Gary Wilton, Darren Harper, Gary Green and Rob Derry Snr called the tune afterwards.

Ray Steere and Jamie Curtis did well for Cowplain B against Leigh Park.

But they were against a better outfit and could not find a way to win.

Steve Scott and Pete Ferguson stormed through before Bill Parsons and Ricky Burnett showed their class at the three ball game to make sure of a good opening return.

– GRAHAM SIMPER

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