Craneswater Z show their class

Nigel Ward. Picture: Sarah Standing
Nigel Ward. Picture: Sarah Standing
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Craneswater Z booked their place back in the Portsmouth League top flight with a 5-2 triumph 
over Cowplain in their final game.

They did not get off to an ideal start as James Curtis shocked Emma Bonney and Will Garrett scraped a win against Mark Turner.

However, there was still class to come from Nigel Ward and Simon Petrie, who obliged with big wins against Pete Gorvin and Dave Pitman.

Ward had visits of 48 and 42, while Petrie rolled in a 35.

Skipper Ian Carter registered a 38 to see off Rich Williams and Artful Arthur Newland got the better of Gary Curtis to leave Cowplain in second spot.

A four man Copnor Xcels side were duly beaten 6-1 by Top Spot.

Dave Wheeler fought a lone battle and beat Matt Johnson easily.

The rest of the evening belonged to the Havant outfit.

Shaun Housome and Jamie Wilson cruised through against Dave Gowing and Gerry Godden to take control and Colin Johnson nicked an 11-pointer against Barry Figgins to complete the scoring.

Craneswater A were expected to win the division one title and duly obliged after an emphatic 6-1 victory over second-placed Portchester X at Highland Road.

Andy Macey fought a lone battle as Steve Cole, Pedro Ferguson and Tony Hansford took control.

Dave Lawrence hoisted the biggest break up to 76 as Copnor C were beaten by the odd point at Cowplain Gas.

Incredibly, Heath Smith beat him, though, thanks to a 32.

The home side took an early lead through Mark Tillison and Mike Scott.

Tillison erased an effort of 61 by Steve Kearn.

Then Phil Ledington, Steve Baldacchino and his brother John responded well.

The latter came under pressure as Steve Hughes had a run of 42.

The relegation issues will be solved in the last week.

Copnor A and Craneswater R are fighting it out.

Steve Toms had a run of 34, 41, 31 and 61 to leave Jim Frisbee a spectator in a 4-3 victory.

The visitors kept it close with Gary More, Ian Carter and Brian Garside at the fore.

Lee Eden and Kev Harding (30) then lent a hand.

The ageless Copnor B showed their experience in a 5-2 success over Leigh Park.

Peter Ferguson and captain Neville Moyle tried to stem the tide.

But Pete Rook, Den Hushley and Norman Bradfield put them in front to leave Jon Shervell the final glory in the last game.