Leigh Park lead way as Parsons pockets perfect start

Leigh Park cueist Bill Parsons   Picture: Mick Young

Leigh Park cueist Bill Parsons Picture: Mick Young

The Pompey players celebrate winning the League Two title on the final day of the 2016-17 season following their 6-1 win against Cheltenham Picture: Joe Pepler

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Leigh Park are back on top of Portsmouth Billards League division two after beating Craneswater R 5-2.

Bill Parsons started the ball rolling with a big win over Harry Yard but Andy White made it 1-1.

The ‘Workies’ then took charge thanks to Steve Scott, Pete Ferguson and Richard Burnett.

The latter won by nearly 100 to make sure of the aggregate.

His son Richie was not so happy losing the last game to Chris Bishop.

Copnor F went down 4-3 to Pompey Royals and are down to second.

Steve Orchard put the Stationsiders ahead then Darren Harper pipped Chad Wainwright to level.

Leroy Grigg and skipper Rob Derry made it 3-1 to Copnor mid-match but joy was short-lived as Jon Challacombe and Paul Chivers changed it around beating Gary Green and young Rob Derry.

The bonus point was decided 845-840 in favour of the Royals.

Copnor B were the big hitters in the top flight, whitewashing their C team.

Luck was on their side in three of the six pairings.

Norman Bradfield won by two points, Matt Hannam by seven and Steve Kearn by four.

The unlucky cueists were Steve Lawrence, John V and Phil Ledington respectively.

Pete Rook and skip John Wyatt then cruised through and Trevor Sanders got the better of Dave Lawrence .

The handicap changes failed to stop the title march of unbeaten Cowplain Jacks.

Steve Hughes led his gang to a 5-2 victory over Portchester X.

Heath Smith hit a 52, adding to scores from his captain, Jamie Wilson, and Mike Scott.

Mark Kingswell stopped the home gallop beating Dave Rees 150-48 and Darren Inch took the last game for the Castle boys.

Copnor A pinched a 4-3 win at Craneswater A to move into second spot.

Mark Tillison and Kevin Harding both won easily to take the bonus point by 80 points after Mick Hall had put the visitors ahead early on.

Andy Boulton knocked in a 45 for the Southsea outfit to join Mark Kirby and Colin Rowe on the scoreboard.

– GRAHAM SIMPER

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